There is no such thing as a typical technician employer. In fact, from the smallest SMEs, to some of the biggest brands in the country, technicians are the linchpins of the economy, driving innovation, productivity and generally keeping things running smoothly for employers up and down the land. The range of employers who have kindly supported the Technicians Make it Happen campaign is testament to this.
We are very grateful to every employer who has allowed us to visit their workplace, spend time with their technicians and share their own stories of how the input of their technicians has helped their business to flourish.
So many employers tell us that the skills shortage at the technician level is one of their biggest concerns when it comes to growth and stability. This site is geared towards inspiring young people, particularly those that are naturally analytical, practical and real problem-solvers, to consider becoming part of the next generation of the nation’s much needed technicians.
Take a look across the site. If you have comments, ideas, or want to have some of your own technicians featured in the campaign, please do get in touch.
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“Technicians are a fundamental key part of the maintenance and support activities that BBC Engineering provides to BBC Services that reach some 308 Million people a week across Radio, TV and Online.”
Huw Davies, Engineering Programme Manager, BBC New Talent Schemes.
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“Industry needs to remain alert to the value of technicians in the delivery of practical, specialist tasks, and their role in ensuring the functionality of organisations. Provision of funding, practical training and apprenticeships is key to ensuring the growth of technician roles in the UK.”
Sally Petitt, Head of Horticulture, Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
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“As a leading engineering employer in the UK, Siemens has a longstanding and highly successful apprenticeship scheme, with over 500 apprentices currently working across the company. Our apprentices move into technician roles which are key to Siemens’ success in all industry sectors.”
Martin Hottass, Manager of Siemens Professional Education, Siemens.
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“Technicians play a vital role within the business ensuring high levels of quality and improving productivity. The development of technicians is a critical element within the company’s growth strategy to ensure the long-term success of the business. Hydram are proud to contribute to and promote the UK’s manufacturing sector through supporting technical STEM roles to young people within the education system.”
Neil Mawson, Training Manager, Hydram.
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“Our business is built around technicians and their abilities, these people are vital but we have developed them ourselves, to meet future demands. We would undoubtedly benefit from realistic career advice and in turn school leavers achieving qualifications that will benefit their ‘real world’ careers.”
Dean Drinkwater, Managing Director, Hutchinson Engineering
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“It is critical for us to maintain a pipeline of talented Engineering Technicians into HPP. In order to facilitate this, it is extremely important to have a close partnership with academia to source these potential technicians and, following successful achievement of their apprenticeship, growing them into technicians of the future. Having the support of organisations like the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Technicians Make it Happen (TMiH) to recognise their success on a wider stage is an important acknowledgment of their achievements.”
Lee Walters, Employee Development Manager, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains
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“Peacocks Technicians are the heart and soul that goes into the orthotic products that we make - which ultimately allow patients to live more comfortable and able lives. Making a difference in this way is something we are enormously proud of.”
Chris Peacock, Chairman of Peacocks Medical Group
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“University of Manchester Technicians are highly skilled experts in technology and science. They critically support the University’s academic pursuits in education and research, providing integral support across the entire organisation for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching; research; infrastructure; core facilities; workshops; laboratories. The University’s Heads of Technical Services are committed to, and working towards, a series of initiatives to support the University’s vision for Technical Services for the future.”
Colin D. Baines, Head of Technical Services, Faculty of Science and Engineering; Peter T. Crowe, Head of Technical Services, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health; The University of Manchester
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“As an engineering and design consultancy, Technicians are an integral part of our project teams at BakerHicks. Often taking the lead role throughout the technical design of a project, they are the backbone to the design process, forming the link between the concept of a design and bringing things to realisation. We’re proud to have a strong technical team, whose specialist skills are vital to the success of our projects.”
Laura James, Head of Scotland
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“Our team of technicians ensure our projects are technically viable and maximise the solar potential of each of our sites. This results in increased income for each of our projects and more money going into community benefit. They also deliver our fuel poverty programme and are leading on innovating new models of local electricity supply that will be a game changer for community energy.”
Dr Afsheen Rashid MBE, Co-Founder, Repowering London
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“Technicians are a vital part of our business and there has never been a more exciting time to get involved in this profession. With electrification, automation and connectivity poised to revolutionise our industry, the role of the Service Technician is changing and our apprenticeship programme is a robust foundation to start a career in this developing role. We need more technicians in our businesses across the UK and we are committed to help apprentices develop the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their role and careers.”
Stefan Wyatt, Head of Service and Parts Operations
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“At Turney Group, we believe that our technicians are frontline to our company’s operations, and paramount to our success and the successes of our agricultural clients. Like many industries, digital technology plays an increasing part in our day to day services. It also plays a key role in evolving what we do to maintain and increase client satisfaction. Our service technicians, and their skills, are at the heart of our ability to keep apace of new technologies, how they should be deployed and stay ahead of the curve in a fast-evolving industry. We are continually looking for ways to provide our service technicians with opportunities to develop their skills and follow fulfilling career pathways. Many of our staff joined the Turney Group on leaving school, becoming apprentices to further their education, and learn essential and valuable technical skills in their formative years. We are privileged that many choose to pursue their technical career and education with us. Having such a pivotal role in their development, has allowed us to ensure that we have the right people in place to beat expectation and deliver a great customer experience when it matters.””
Glen Nash, Apprenticeship & Training Manager
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“Alex’s role as Curatorial Technician is vital to how the Museum cares for, maintains and operates our collection. The combination of technical, practical and mechanical skills allows us to move and store objects safely, operate our historic vehicles, run conservation and preservation projects and maintain and display objects in our galleries.”
Matt Brosnan, Head Curator
The important work that technicians do is as diverse as their career paths. Some may have undertaken a degree, while others will have completed an apprenticeship, a technical qualification, such as a BTEC for example, or have developed comprehensive skills and knowledge ‘on the job’.
The paths that skilled technicians take may be varied, but there is one thing that they all have in common – they are professionals with high levels of skills and knowledge. Professional registration is proof that a technician, no matter the route they have taken, is a person that is trusted to do a skilled, important job. Whether it’s an employer or a recruiter; a customer or a colleague – those who meet a registered technician can be assured that they are dealing with an accomplished professional.
Depending on the area of expertise, the licensing bodies below manage the registers of technicians in the UK. To find out more about supporting your technicians to gain professional registration status, click on the logo below that feels most relevant to your business.