Early Careers Focus Group

What is the Early Careers Focus Group?

.The Early Careers Focus Group (ECFG) was set up in 2014. Beneath the Sector Skills Strategy Group (SSSG), its aims were to establish a network of those in the early part of their career within the UK Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives Sectors. The ECFG was set up to ensure that those personnel (apprentices, graduates and those within the first 10 years of their career) are fully represented in the planning that will shape the sector. The ECFG encourages the sharing of knowledge and the creation of a strong network through meetings, events and visits. The core ECFG meets quarterly to discuss various issues including the outputs of the SSSG and the issues that it considers to be important. The Chair of the ECFG has a seat at the SSSG to feed directly into the process.

Early Careers Symposium

A main objective of the ECFG members is organising the annual, Early Careers Symposium. The symposium will gather together early careers engineers/scientists from across the UK where the delegates will receive lectures on a variety of topics, including UK capability and technical presentations on the development of weapon systems. There is also a workshop on personal effectiveness and communication, that focuses on assertiveness and giving and receiving feedback. The symposium is aimed at those within the first 10 years of their career within this field; for further information, enquiries can be sent to earlycareerssymposium@gmail.com

Institute Membership

Members of the ECFG and early careers attendees at our events now qualify for a discounted Student Membership rate with the IExpE for one year – see membership pages for further information. Please quote Early Careers when applying. earlycareerssymposium@gmail.com


The ECFG organises visits to various sites involved in the explosives industry, to give insight into the work undertaken by different explosives based companies. Information on these visits can be found in the events section. These types of visits apply only for those people that meet that ‘early career’ criteria.