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Personal and Professional Development


Technicians have been a pivotal part of Cambridge’s ground-breaking research for centuries. Today we have over 1,200 technicians, across a variety of roles and departments.

As part of the University’s commitment to technicians’ development, in 2017 it became a signatory of the Technician Commitment. The Commitment is a sector-wide initiative to help address key challenges facing technical staff working in research, sponsored by the Gatsby Foundation and the Science Council. 

The Commitment includes four key areas:

  • Visibility: Ensure that all technicians within the organisation are identifiable and that the contribution of technicians is visible within and beyond the institution
  • Recognition: Support technicians to gain recognition through professional registration
  • Career development: Enable career progression opportunities for technicians through the provision of clear, documented career pathways
  • Sustainability: Ensure the future sustainability of technical skills across the organisation and that technical expertise is fully utilised

The University has set up a Technician Commitment Working Group to progress Technician Commitment activity and a copy of the action plan will be available here once it has been finalised.

One of the first activities to be actioned will be a website dedicated to technicians’ development.

The University will continue to need more technicians every year to meet the technological challenges of the coming decades. Taking early steps to identify important, continuing roles, which are hard to fill and likely to become vacant sooner rather than later can support long term Workforce Planning at the University.

Technician Apprenticeship recruitment is also an important part of that workforce planning and a package of material has been developed to assist in recruitment and training.

For further information contact us.

See also the tools to support development.