The Academy and Capacity Building day which took place on November 19 has become a key event of the IEC General Meeting, which takes place virtually until November 20.
Organized for the second time only, the event drew 194 participants from 57 IEC member and associate member countries. Moderated by Jan-Henrik Tiedemann, Head of IEC Academy and Capacity Building, as well as Regional Director for the Middle East, the session gathered a very diverse group of panellists from different parts of the globe: International Engagement Manager Clare Hobern, from the Australian National Committee (NC), Manxue Huan, Officer in Charge at the Quality and Standards Academy of Shenzhen University (SZTU), from the Chinese NC, Younes M. Almalik, Advisor to the Deputy Governor for Business Support-Saudi Standards, Quality and Metrology Organization (SASO), the Saudi NC, Eirik Sollie, Sector Manager for the Norwegian Electrotechnical Committee, the Norwegian NC, Pernille Arendsdorf Bengsten, Senior Education and Standards Consultant at Danish Standards, the Danish NC and Maria del Rosario Uria, Director of the Directorate of Standardization and Secretary of the IEC NC for Peru. All these panellits shared their experiences in building awareness and training about IEC Standards and Conformity Assessment, sometimes contributing through the IEC Young Professional Programme or directly in Academia.
Tiedemann insisted on the service aspect of the IEC Academy and Capacity Building department inside Central Office and the teamwork with regional centres. “Contributing to raising quality, transparency and agility is important to us,” he said in his introductory remarks.
He also presented an overview of what was achieved in 2020 so far, including 22 public webinars which drew 4200 attendees and 6000 viewers of recorded webinars. In addition, 18 training webinars for NCs and regional centres were set up.
Survey of NCs
He equally introduced some of the results of a survey conducted by his team to assess the capacity building and training capability in NCs. “The idea was to find out how NCs coped, notably in the current situation due to the pandemic,” Tiedemann explained. 68% of all NCs replied, mostly NC Secretaries, and the results highlighted that a very large majority of NCs viewed training as an essential part of their strategy. Most NCs said that after the Covid-19 pandemic, they would favour a hybrid online and face-to face training approach, rather than simply return to face-to-face training sessions. Among the most essential skills that required training, the NCs put knowledge about the IEC directives in first position, followed by standard drafting/editing and consensus building. 77% of those surveyed did not have access to an online training platform.
Launch of new online training platform
Online Learning and Development Coordinator Ian Gardner presented the IEC Academy new online training platform tool based on the Moodle open source online training platform. The design of the platform was built inside the IEC and there is no licensing fee required to use it. Two courses are currently available, IEC Convenor and Project Leader, as well as New Standardization Expert. For more information on the platform: https://academy.iec.ch. All webinars can be found at https://www.iec.ch/academy
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Tiedemann also participated in the Affiliate Country Forum to give specific information on capacity building and training for Affiliate Countries earlier this week.
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