The YEFL STC activities and roadmap are closely knitted with the national and regional organizations’ activities and plans. From 2015 to 2019, this partnership process and collective effort with the regional and national organizations have enabled the delivery of the International Strategic Planning Forums & Stakeholder Collaboration for Global Integration of Youth in Industry. The first sessions were held in Kuwait (Middle East) and Japan (Asia Pacific) in 2015, followed by Peru (South America) in 2016, with Rome (Europe), and Africa (Nigeria and/or South Africa) planned for 2017.
The outcomes from these events have helped to sharpen the STC objectives and to improve clarity on the issues we plan to confront. These issues are evolving and require a continuous update of the STC strategy to tactfully tackle them: aside finding relevance in own countries and regions, young engineers are now faced with unprecedented global culture changes requiring the need to catch-up with global technology growth, while also developing innovative approaches to adapt to and lead change in own regions.
A white paper has been presented to the WFEO on the outcomes of the ongoing stakeholders’ engagement sessions. A position paper is being prepared around the region-specific observations and the common, repeating themes from the forums held across the globe and will be presented at the 50th Anniversary celebration in 2018 for discussion, and the updated paper incorporating all stakeholders’ comments at the WFEO General Assembly in 2019. This STC does not aim to resolve issues faced by young engineers across the globe; rather, we aim to provide the support and networks needed to continue to tackle these issues head-on, to form strong, resilient young leaders, and to make progress in growing the collective representation of young engineers in industry, and professional organizations at all levels.