The Next Generation Network continues to be the voice of young quality professionals for the CQI.
2017 was another successful year for the Network with the delivery of new campaigns, materials and promotion at lots of events. The following is the summary of the years activities
NGN Strategy & Projects:
Each year the NGN Steering Committee outline a project plan and strategy for the year. Our approach for 2017 was very much focussed around the tag line “Just do it” with our intentions being driven around quick wins.
Support to other SIGs:
In 2017, we have continued to support the other special interest groups of the CQI including delivering projects such as a website for the DEMSIG and supporting them at the annual event at CQI headquarters in London.
The NGN continues to have representatives on the DIG and NUCSIG and are working to make further connections in these and other groups. The SIGs provide a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be shared with the next generation of Quality professionals.
Support to Corporate Partners:
The NGN continues to support the CQI Corporate Partners through support at events and promoting them as potential employers for the next generation of quality professionals.
One particular event that the NGN supported was the Thames Tideway – Corporate Partners Event where the NGN Finance and Operations Officer Mark Davies gave a presentation about the importance of apprenticeships and shared some of his own personal experiences. This was a great opportunity and the NGN endeavours to seek more of the same in 2018.
The branch network remains a key source of representation and engagement for the NGN. In 2017 the group were able to deliver presentations to the members of the South Wales branch and continue to have members on the committees of Thames Valley, Cumbria and Leicester and Coventry branches.
Amy is our Cumbria representative and is active in supporting their events programme as well as being our representative on the DIG. Marcin from the Leicester and Coventry branch was a series of videos produced for WQD 17 outlining the 8 principles of quality management visit the NGN website for more details. Natalie and Hannah will be joining the panellists for an event hosted by the Eastern branch on the 13th March discussing Women in Quality.
In 2018 the theme of branch representation is to continue and Mark Davies will be visiting several of the Northern branches to provide an update around the NGN and our current projects.
Preaching to the unconverted:
During 2017 the NGN took their networking to a new level and seized opportunities to represent the Quality profession at a number of events that were not purely focussed on the profession itself. NGN Chair Natalie Shoemark-Dyer was a speaker at an Andover Women in Business networking dinner and Hannah Murfet, NGN Vice Chair, was a speaker at the Software Design for Medical Devices conference in Munich, where she discussed her research into best practices in medical device cybersecurity.
It was recognised by the group that we spend a lot of time talking amongst ourselves about the problems we face as a profession but not enough time with those outside of the profession to encourage new members in. Preaching to the unconverted is therefore a key objective that will continue forward into 2018.
Testing, feedback and evaluation:
The NGN steering committee are key to supporting the development of tools and programmes for the CQI and CQI approved training providers. In 2017, we were proud to support Vale QMS with the development of one of their online training modules. In addition, we worked with Flame Learning and John Scott in the development of a Leadership Survey which highlighted some interesting training needs for the next generation of Quality professionals including the need for more focus on softer skills as opposed to technical training.
The NGN will continue to support the development needs of the CQI and approved training providers in 2018.
Developing the profession:
2017 has seen huge developments around the educational needs of young quality professionals. One of the key developments is around an Apprenticeships scheme. The NGN are proud to support the CQI in this key development as it progresses further.
In 2017 the very first CQI awards was held in London and the NGN were proud to be recognised through the Emerging Talent Award. Chair of the NGN Natalie Shoemark-Dyer was delighted to be on the judging panel for the award and the NGN has already begun reaping the benefits through engaging new members. We look forward to seeing how the awards develop in 2018 and hope to continue our involvement.
In conjunction with the University of South Wales the Foundations in Quality Award was issued through the CQI Wales branch. The award was designed to promote the work of the students of the professional skills academy. Rachelle Briggs was a judge on the panel for the very first award and we will be working with CQI Wales and USW in 2018 to bring together a second round of awards.
We are also delighted to announce that our mentoring scheme is coming soon! We now have a number of mentors and mentees and will be doing introductions and a launch within the next month so watch this space!
World Quality Day 2017:
World Quality Day is a celebration close to our hearts and 2017 was no exception. With the theme celebrating everyday leadership this gave us a great opportunity to pull together some exciting content and materials for our members. We thanked those who influence us, we celebrated young leaders and provided support to those developing their skills. All content is still available on the NGN website for you to access and use. Here’s to 2018!
The work of the NGN steering committee should not be under estimated. The group as with all SIGs is run by volunteers and without their hard work and dedication to the cause there would be none of the outcomes you see listed here today.
In addition to all of the projects listed above the team continue to manage the basics of membership, building content for young people, including a 2017 relaunch of Connexions and providing the voice of the network through representation on panels and the like.
The year ahead:
As 2018 begins we are beginning the process of setting strategy and plans again with our focus being around membership engagement and providing the best for those who are the next generation of quality professionals and those new to the profession. Look out for updates in Connexions on how our projects are progressing in the year.
The Career Tree:
To help the next generation have a better idea of how they can get into the Quality profession we are asking our members and members of our support network to produce a leaf for our career tree. Each leaf will map out the journey of a different quality professional and share their experiences, which in turn we will share with new and potential members to promote what a great career working in Quality can be. To join us, why not complete your leaf by downloading the template here http://www.cqingn.org/career-tree