Get involved! Volunteering opportunities at IOM3

If you would like to get more involved with IOM3, there is a range of opportunities to do so for members of all grades.

Volunteers play a vital role in the success of IOM3, supporting the Institute in reaching its goals and delivering member benefit. We have roles for volunteers with strong technical expertise, experience of any of the range of IOM3 activities including accreditation, awards, conferences and events, education and outreach, information management, training, professional registration and publishing, or a background in audit, finance, law, governance or membership. In return, volunteers receive training appropriate to their role and get to be part of the life of their Institute, with the opportunity to develop new skills as part of the wider Institute team delivering our vision to be recognised as the global leader for professionals involved with the materials cycle.

IOM3 is keen to encourage diversity in its volunteer cohort and particularly to recruit more women members to its boards, committees and scrutineer panels.

Some of the opportunities for involvement and the degree of commitment required, as well as any qualifications, are described below.

At the moment, we have particular opportunities for individuals with strengths in:
• Audit
• Finance
• Publishing
We are happy to arrange informal conversations for anyone who wants to find out more about the opportunities.

Please send your CV and a covering letter setting out how you would like to apply your skills to IOM3 to Anita.Horton@iom3.org, or use the contact form below.
Volunteer applications are considered on an ongoing basis.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully welcoming you to our enthusiastic body of volunteers!

Technical committee member

As a member of a technical committee you represent the views of professionals working within the technical field in question. You may help to organise events, comment upon developments, reply to consultations or nominate worthy award winners or select award recipients from the point of view of that community.

Commitment: 3 x committee meetings  per year, on average. Some committees meet more or less frequently.

Where? In person - usually at IOM3 London office or Grantham Centre, sometimes in other locations available to Committee members, or by Video Conference.

Requirements: IOM3 Member active in relevant field

Member community committee member - WIM (Women in Materials) and YMC (Younger Members' Committee)

Organising events and representing the views of the relevant member committee to the Institute. 

Commitment: 3 x committee meetings per year plus extra optional event attendance. Typically ~1 hour per month (average) offline input. Some Younger Members and the Chair of Women in Materials also sit as representatives on other IOM3 Boards.

Where? In person - usually at IOM3 Euston Road, London / Grantham Centre

Requirements: IOM3 Member (any grade)

Local Society committee member

Taking on a role for or becoming actively involved in organising events for a local society.

Commitment: Depends on how active the local society is but at least quarterly

Where? Local to your place of work / home

Requirements: IOM3 Member (any grade)

Accreditation assessor

Assessing whether a Higher/Further Education provider meets the requirements for accreditation, or a Company IPD scheme meets the requirements for approval.

Commitment: 1 day training which must be repeated every 3 years. Accreditation visits of 2 days at universities or companies, plus write-up time. Commit to as many as you are willing to undertake.

Where? In person - on site visits over two days with an overnight stay. Preparation and follow-up work done remotely. Travelling expenses paid.

Requirements: Registered as a CEng with a technical background in the subject area being assessed.

Registration and membership scrutineer

Assessing the credentials of applicants against IOM3 membership grade criteria and registration criteria of the Engineering Council, Science Council and Society for the Environment.

Commitment: 1 day training which must be repeated every 3 years. Each assessment takes around 60 minutes to complete. Commit to as many assessments as you are willing to undertake, but regular involvement is advised to ensure competence is maintained and developed. 

Where? Remotely

Requirements: Hold the level of registration or above and/or membership grade or above of the application being assessed. Skilled in respective technical field.

Registration and membership interviewer

Assessing the competence of applicants for the award of Engineering Council, Science Council and Society for the Environment levels of professional registration

Commitment: 1 day training which must be repeated every 3 years. Interviews are arranged in day-long sessions of 3 or 4. Preparation is required pre-interview of 30 minutes for each application. Commit to as many as you are willing to undertake.

Where? Remote preparation; interviews conducted at IOM3 offices. Travelling expenses paid.

Requirements: Hold the level of registration or above and/or membership grade or above of the application being assessed. Skilled in respective technical field.

Schools Affiliate Scheme Speaker

The Schools Affiliate Scheme offers visits to schools around the UK to support the teaching of materials, minerals and mining in the curriculum.  As one of our Willing Speakers you would go in to schools to give talks and teach lessons with pupils aged 5 to 18.

Commitment: As much or as little as you like.  If you would like to volunteer we can send a form for you to indicate your preferences of age group, number of talks per day, or per year etc.

Where: You can decide the distance you are happy to travel.

Requirements: You will need to be registered as a STEM Ambassador (which also involves a DBS check) and attend one of their induction sessions.  You will also need to then attend one of our training sessions where you will get access to tried and tested resources that you can take out to schools.