The Commitment was launched in 2017 and identifies four target areas on which universities and research institutions are working to safeguard vital technical skills. It seeks to ensure greater visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability of technical skills for technicians across all disciplines. It also asks organisations to regularly assess the impact of actions taken to ensure their effectiveness.
Our action plan, therefore, commits to supporting its technical staff in the following areas:
Ensure that all technicians within the organisation are identifiable and that the contribution of technicians is visible within and beyond the institution.
Support technicians to gain recognition through professional registration.
Enable career progression opportunities for technicians through the provision of clear, documented career pathways.
Ensure the future sustainability of technical skills across the organisation and that technical expertise is fully utilised.
The fifth theme, Evaluating Impact, takes the form of a self-assessment process, to be undertaken one year after an organisation becomes a signatory and biennially thereafter.
The self-assessment process enables the Technician Commitment Steering Group to gain an understanding of the position of each signatory organisation and the measures to be put in place to ensure that signatories are making progress against the themes outlined in the Commitment.