The Professional Engineers Training Scheme (PETS) within the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) helps students to develop a wide skill set, including competencies in areas out-with their PhD research. As part of this scheme the students will take part in a wide variety of activities including: school outreach events, industry focussed networking and seminars, monthly CDT knowledge exchange talks, organisation of the CDT’s annual conference (FutureWind&Marine) as well as various training opportunities in project and risk management.
The scheme is overseen by the PETS Committee, a body of 9 CDT students elected each year at the PETS AGM in March. The PETS committee is integral to the students’ experience while at the CDT. Apart from organising and running the above activities for CDT students, the PETS committee ensures that there is cohesion across the years of the CDT, organising social events and implementing a buddy system between years.
Being elected to a role on the PETS committee is valuable for students because it allows you to have a say in how the CDT is run; it also offers unique opportunities to gain chartership competencies in areas which would normally be difficult to obtain in a research environment, such as team management and leadership skills.