The Young Members Panel (YMP) convened on 12 February 2016, at SAICE National Office, Midrand. The YMP is a national forum which was established a number of years ago with the view of creating a forum for SAICE members under the age of 36 to address the needs and interests of the younger SAICE membership group.
At the meeting led by YMP chairperson Phuti Seopa, the panel deliberated on an aggressive strategy to increase SAICE’s national footprint. This includes establishing Young Member Branch Initiatives (YMBI’s) in the different regions across the country. These are spear-headed by YMP representatives that have been elected at their respective SAICE branches.
The YMP identified difficultly in implementing proactive approaches due to panel members being spread across the country – this led to the birth of the YMBI which regionalises the YMP.
The YMBI aims to address issues experienced by professionals who are bridging the gap between tertiary institutions and their working careers. As an extension, the YMBI is also interested in addressing issues related to young professionals outside of the 8 – 5 job with the aim of providing support to those who might need it.
As part of its long term vision the YMBI aims to establish working relationships with bodies that share similar objectives such as the CESA YPF and Engineers without Borders (EWB), to achieve a stronger impact.
Another exciting project undertaken by the YMP this year includes the launch of the Merit Competition. The Merit competition is an international construction business simulation game that allows participating contenders (competing in teams) to run virtual construction businesses. The YMP aims to roll-out this initiative alongside its flagship events such as university Roadshows and other projects.