The Institute of Physics (IOP)
The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific membership society working to advance physics for the benefit of all. Their aim is to gather, inspire, guide, represent and celebrate all who share a passion for physics. As a charity, the IOP wants to ensure physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.
The Institute is an advocate of technical career pathways and strongly support the professional development of technicians and apprentices. As such, they actively supports their members in gaining professional registration as this is an excellent way for to demonstrate they have the skills, expertise and experience to successfully undertake their roles.
You can obtain one of the following professional registrations through the Institute of Physics: RSciTech, RSci, EngTech, IEng, CPhys and CEng. Lifelong learning is a core element of their membership offer and this is reflected in the variety of conferences, outreach activities, networking opportunities, social and collaborative learning opportunities, and journals and publications produced to support your continuous professional development.
The Institute of Science and Technology
The Institute of Science and Technology is the professional body for specialist, technical and managerial staff.
They provide focused, professional support to a wide group of specialist, technical, and managerial colleagues in a broad range of environments such as science, technology, engineering, arts, media, IT, industry, local authorities, schools, FE, HE and many more organisations in the UK and overseas.
The IST is licensed by the Science Council to award Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), Registered Scientist (RSci) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) professional registration.
STEM Returners creates programmes to help employers recruit, develop and retain the best available talent, and to enable highly qualified and experienced candidates to re-start their career.
It aims to redress the gender imbalance within STEM, and work with employers to view CV gaps in a different way. Operating within an incredibly skills-short market, this scheme allows employers to attract candidates from a new talent pool and give candidates a supported route back to their career.
The STEM Returners project will facilitate paid short-term employment placements for professionals returning to work after a career break. Alongside the experience gained from the work placement, the STEM Returners project will also provide support for the candidate in advice, career coaching, networking opportunities and mentoring. All of the candidates going through the programme will have the opportunity to restart their career in a permanent position at the end of the programme.
This project is co-supported by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and the Women’s Engineering Society. They believe that providing a mechanism to motivated and experienced candidates to return to STEM will help to create the diverse, agile and innovative STEM workforce that the UK needs for today and the future.