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 outwith their PhD research. As part of this scheme, students take part in a wide variety of activities including school outreach events, industry focussed networking events 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 10 CDT students elected each year at the PETS AGM. The PETS committee is integral to the students’ experience while at the CDT. As well as organising and running the above activities for CDT students, the PETS committee ensures that there is cohesion across cohorts and institutions, organising social events and implementing a buddy system between cohorts. The committee members also act as student representatives, liasing with and giving feedback to CDT management, and vice versa.
Being elected to a role on the PETS Committee is valuable because it allows students to influence 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.
The students in the PETS Committe roles for 2020/21 are as follows: