This project will be run by the National Technicians Development Centre in conjunction with a newly formed working group comprised of:
- Matthew Davis, Organisational Developer, The Academy
- Jan Brett, Technical Development and Planning Offer, HLS
- Carmel Pinnington, Technical Team Leader, School of Environmental Services
- Michael Beiert, Technical Coordinator, School of the Arts
- Tony Topping, Learning Technologist, School of Engineering
- Rachael Bell, Technical Coordinator, School of the Arts
- Bhavana Jagota, Senior Core Technician, Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology
- Mark Whitley, Technical Manager, Department of Physics
- Stephen Chappell, Central Teaching Hub Supervisor
- Sarah Northey, Senior Technician, Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children.
The aims of undertaking a skills survey for our technical workforce are:
- To offer our technicians the opportunity to assess their current skills and to plan for future professional development
- To enable Technical Leaders and Heads of Departments to identify potential future skill shortages or single points of failure, to include this in succession plans and any relevant recruitment planning
- To raise the profile of our technicians by showcasing the wide range of skills and expertise they have
- To identify local areas of expertise and good practice for potential internal job shadowing, training and/or work experience
- To identify the potentially unknown skills in our technical workforce and explore ways in which these skills can be shared to develop our technical workforce.
These aims align tie in with the Technician Commitment of which the University originally signed in 2017 and then renewed its commitment in 2020. We are currently 18 months into a 36-month action plan designed to, increase the visibility, enhance the career development, ensure the sustainability, and provide recognition to our technical workforce.
The survey will go live on 11 April 2023 and will be available for four weeks in order to give plenty of opportunity to complete it.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your responses are invaluable and greatly appreciated.
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