Engineers Ireland STEPS Programme Awarded Gold Standard in Volunteering

Engineers Ireland STEPS Programme Awarded Gold Standard in Volunteering

21 November 2016 at 12:18
Engineers Ireland STEPS Programme has become the first STEM based organisation in Ireland to receive accreditation to the Investing in Volunteers (IiV) standard. Widely recognised as the gold standard in volunteering excellence, the accreditation acknowledges the STEPS programme for its commitment to the volunteers who make a considerable contribution to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach programme.
 
The highly sought-after IiV standard, Volunteer Ireland’s quality standard for volunteer management, aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers and demonstrates an organisation’s value on the enormous contribution made by their volunteers. 
 
The STEPS programme encourages primary and post-primary students to explore the world of STEM while also promoting engineering as a career choice. Each year STEPS calls on over 400 volunteer engineers to visit their local primary or second-level school, attend career events and get involved in Engineers Week. STEPS works in strategic partnership with Science Foundation Ireland on Smart Futures, a collaborative government-industry-education programme promoting STEM careers to post-primary students in Ireland. 
 
At the presentation of the IiV award in Farmleigh House, Dublin, STEPS Executive Roseanne O’Leary highlighted the importance of STEPS volunteers:  “Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the STEPS programme and thanks to their efforts to date, we have achieved accreditation to the IiV standard. The standard acknowledges our volunteers’ valuable contribution to the programme while sharing their passion and knowledge about the diverse and exciting career opportunities engineering offers.
 
The accreditation is also a welcome recognition for the team effort that goes into recruitment, induction, training, support and development of volunteers and I am delighted that the STEPS programme has been recognised as a centre of volunteer excellence.”
 
The STEPS programme was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all aspects of working with its volunteers.   Terri O’Brien, Quality and Programmes Manager, Volunteer Ireland said: “Volunteer Ireland is delighted to announce STEPS’ successful achievement of this Award, they have demonstrated a real commitment to volunteering, proven that their volunteer management policies and procedures meet nationally recognised standards.” 
 
Engineers Ireland are currently recruiting volunteers to organise company events during Engineers Week 2017. For more information, contact Roseanne O’Leary on 01 6651301 or roleary@engineersireland.ie