Ensure the future sustainability of technical skills across the organisation and that technical expertise is fully utilised


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Technicians We Make the Difference

'Technicians We Make the Difference' aims to raise awareness of the vital role technicians play and inspire young people with stories of real world technicians. The campaign is aimed at 16 to 18 year olds, but includes numerous resources for parents and employers too.

See what technical role best suits you with this interactive card game.

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Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Outreach Fund provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities that inspire the next generation to choose chemistry and view a career as a technician in a new light. The dedicated technician support team can support applicants in developing an application to provide novel outreach activities and engage the public and schools in chemical sciences.

Those in professional categories of membership, or who are professionally registered, are eligible for the RSC’s mentoring scheme. As well as helping mentees gain greater self-confidence, self-belief and achieve greater clarity around their career goals and how to achieve them, mentors also gain valuable experience and an opportunity for their own professional development. In addition, the RSC’s team of qualified career and professional development advisers offer confidential one-to-one advice and information to help with every aspect of managing a career.

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CPD – Scheduled and On-Demand  CPD activities, designed, sourced and delivered  to inspire technicians at every stage of their career. The CPD can be tailor-made to support the career development of technicians at all levels in all discipline areas. Find out more here.

Supporting your apprentices course and national networking events are all geared to helping the technical workforce maintain skills going forward.

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National Technician Development Centre

The NTDC team aims to enhance the excellence and efficiency of the Higher Education technical workforce and support HEIs to achieve a sustainable future for technical staff and services. The Centre is home to the TDM Toolkit. NTDC experts are available to support Toolkit implementation and to deliver a portfolio of workshops and presentations focusing on the issues facing institutions and technicians. Additional consultancy services are also available on request.

Technician Development Framework (TDF)
The TDF has been designed to provide guidance and practical advice:

  • On the process of setting up a programme for apprenticeships, traineeships and internships
  • Covering all stages, from initial idea to evaluation and revision. Find out more here

Technician Skills, Roles and Responsibilities Audit enables institutions to capture detailed workforce data to support informed strategic workforce planning and the management of skills gaps, including the identification and application of underutilised skills. Find out more here

Career Development Opportunities Tools provides guidance on how to develop and retain staff.  This is particularly useful to support staff who have previously felt isolated and unsupported. Find out more here

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