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 energetics sector. The ECFG was set up to ensure 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 meets quarterly, it encourages the sharing of knowledge and the creation of a strong network through meetings, events and visits. The Chairperson of the ECFG feeds directly into the SSSG to voice the thoughts of tomorrow’s leaders of the sector, to the sector leaders of today.

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 and abroad. Delegates will receive lectures on a variety of topics, including technical presentations and insight into the career development of senior colleagues.

The symposium is aimed at those within the first 10 years of their career. It is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the sector and to build on vital networks you will use in your career. For further information or enquiries, contact ecfg@iexpe.org


The ECFG organises visits to various sites linked to the explosives industry. These visits give insight into the work undertaken by different explosives based companies. Information on these visits can be found in the events section.