Introduction to the Young Professionals Forum (YPF)

The Young Professionals Forum (YPF) of the Consulting Engineers of South Africa (CESA) consists of Young Professionals who are passionate about the engineering industry and are interested in ensuring the sustainability and promotion of the profession.

Membership of the National YPF is voluntary and restricted to qualified engineering professionals under the age of 35 who are employed by CESA Member firms. Membership beyond the decision making structures is open to all Young Professionals in the Built Environment, under the age of 35 years of age.

The YPF was formed in order to uplift the industry and built environment professions where new ideas could be generated to assist and promote the industry and also to identify possible problems which the industry may be facing.
The Forum will also involve training and development of Young Professionals and will form a “ platform” for networking opportunities.

The YPF structure was recently finalized and consists of 12 branch committee and one National Steering Committee. These committees consist of Young Professionals from various consulting firms around the country. The YPF is also represented on some of the CESA Committees.

The need for the YPF was identified at the FIDIC conference in 2003, where CESA became excited about the concept. Similar forums are already active in many of the 76 member associations of FIDIC.

Objectives of the YPF

Click here to download the presentation by CESA’s 2009 Young Engineer of the Year Winner, Lucas Jan Ebels, on his experiences with the competition, the FIDIC Conference and FIDICS Young Professionals Management Training Programme