Essentials only – what does it take to make it as a technician?

Last month, well known organisations in education and business launched a new tool that would help both employers and young people to develop and describe the essential skills which ‘almost everyone needs to do almost any job.’

It’s named the Skills Builder Universal Framework and it provides a common language of eight essential skills: listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership, and teamwork. Sound familiar? We’ve talked about several of these skills many times. Unsurprisingly, many of the most important skills needed for almost all jobs, are vital for technician careers too.

Even if you think you’ve mastered each of these skills, the Skills Builder tool encourages everyone, no matter how much experience they have, to take a look. Wherever you are in your education or career journey, it’s always worth it to finesse and continue to build on the skills that you have.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will focus on each of these essential skills in turn, highlighting how some of the technicians we have featured in the past put these skills to good use every day.

Of course, we would also love to hear from you if want to share any examples of you or a technician you know, mastering some of these essential skills.

For more information on the Universal Skills Builder Framework and use the resources, visit


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