Bespoke Project Management for Technicians Programme fulfils unmet training need

Jan 5, 2024

Technicians working in higher education and research institutes can benefit from a free Project Management for Technicians programme, delivered by MI TALENT.

This programme has been piloted by technicians from the eight Midlands Innovation universities and the 2024 programme is now available for UK-wide technicians.

Funded by Research England, this programme is delivered online between February – April, with an in-person event in Birmingham in June 2024.

The course includes three boot camps sessions that focus on providing practical tools and techniques that are relevant to technical staff and their workplace.

Technicians who complete the programme will learn project management tools and techniques that can be used immediately.

Ed Bowerman, Technical Training Manager for TALENT explained that the course was designed especially for technicians and their workplace.

He said: “This specialist technical application differentiates it from other project management courses, as the content and programme principles apply to the technical context and their workplace.

“There is a blended approach of presentations, activities, group problem solving, sharing top tips between peers and self-reflection.

When asked about barriers to successful careers, as technical staff, 24% of technicians said they experience a lack of training in relevant skills (Source TALENT Commission 2021). This programme is one of several learning and development initiatives offered by TALENT and the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy to offer more bespoke opportunities to help boost career development in the technical workforce.

Ed added: “Many technicians who have already benefited from this programme have PhDs but have had little training on practical project management training. This course is well suited for those who want to strengthen their project management skills.

“Apply for the programme if you want to feel more confident in the workplace, managing your projects more effectively, get better at problem-solving and make connections with other technicians across the UK.”

Find out more about the programme here and apply before 31 January 2024.

Line management approval is required and there is a selection criteria and limited spaces.


Notes to editors:

The UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy is funded by Research England, part of UK Research and Innovation. It was established on 1 August 2023. The Institute is the UK’s advocate for the technical community, accelerating technical skills and careers in higher education, research and innovation through insights, influence, innovation and integration.

The Institute is home of the Technician Commitment. Find out more at

The Research England funded TALENT Programme is a pioneering Midlands-based programme to advance status and opportunities for technical skills, roles and careers in UK higher education and research. TALENT delivers powerful pilot initiatives within the Midlands to inspire culture change and empower technicians. TALENT publishes new strategic insights and its TALENT Commission report designed a blueprint for the future of UK technical skills, roles and careers.

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