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


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Competency Assessment Toolkit for Technical Staff (CATTS) – The CATTS resource has been designed to change the way that technicians in HE and FE explore performance. It provides a bench marking tool for all professionals (regardless of specialism or discipline) of their current competencies, development areas, and future direction. Find out more here.

CPD offer is tailor-made to enable technicians to develop in their roles and fully utilise their expertise. Find out more here.

‘Supporting apprentices – a guide for technical staff’ – CPD provides technicians with the tools needed to effectively support apprentices and develop the future technical workforce to its fullest potential. Find out more here.

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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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Technicians Make it Happen (TMiH)

The UK needs thousands of technicians every year to meet the technological challenges of the coming decades.

Technicians Make it Happen is a campaign that is helping to highlight this issue. However, to ensure it has an impact, it needs support. We need you to help us inspire more young people to consider this type of work. Support the campaign today.

Attend an event, discover more about becoming a technician and get to meet the people who make it happen.

A range of useful information and resources for aspiring technicians can be found here.

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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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