ITS United Kingdom sets up interest group for Young Professionals

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By Thinking Highways August 14, 2015 15:01

ITS United Kingdom sets up interest group for Young Professionals


ITS (UK), the Intelligent Transport Systems membership association for all who work in ITS in the UK, has responded to the shortage of new recruits into ITS by setting up a Young Professionals Interest Group.  The new Group enjoys the acronym YPIG and will form a focus for younger Members of ITS (UK), enabling them to shape the activities ITS (UK) runs for them, and provide valuable intelligence to the industry on best practice in recruiting, developing and retaining young people.

The skills shortage and lack of new recruits are problems across the STEM sector in the UK and the YPIG is part of ITS (UK)’s contribution to making work in this sector more attractive.  It will also help ITS (UK) change with the times and continue to deliver relevant services to its membership into the future.

The YPIG is led by Mara Makoni of Mouchel assisted by Martyn Minear of Arup and Jonathan Clough of Transport for London.

Jennie Martin, Secretary General of ITS (UK), commented:  “Professional associations have been around in the UK since the nineteenth century and it is important not to hold to traditions and lose sight of what young members need, since only they can make the association viable in the future.  Formalising the input of our younger members in this way will help us reshape our services for the future.  We want to serve them well in order to retain them within the ITS sector.”

Mara Makoni of Mouchel, Chair of the YPIG, said “I look forward to being part of this pioneering group. This is an innovative group and we are conscious of the immense contribution us young professional can make to ITS (UK) and to the transport industry in general – bringing fresh perspectives and challenging existing mindsets within the industry. Young professionals will be given opportunities to contribute to ITS (UK)’s work at international events like the Glasgow ITS Congress 2016 for example.”

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways August 14, 2015 15:01