Technical Careers Pathways Lab

We are supporting the development of career frameworks for technical staff with higher education and research institutions. Our lab is funded by Research England, part of UK Research and Innovation and builds on the work of the TALENT Commission.

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The UK’s technical workforce needs clearer progression, with greater opportunities and mechanisms to move between career pathways and across sectors.

With multiple entry routes into technical careers that are well understood by everyone, we can help build technical capacity and capability in science, technologies, engineering, medicine and the creative industries.


Male technician working in science lab

We have set up a Technician Career Pathways Resource on Teams

This is a space to share documents, insights, ideas and conversation about technical pathways

Our Technical Career Pathway Lab priorities  

Explore and understand 

We are consulting with UK higher education and research institutes to understand existing career pathways for technical professionals and identify areas of excellent practice. We will create a Technical Pathways Lab working group consisting of senior technical leaders, senior technicians and HR professionals who are interested in exploring the career pathways discipline with us.  


We will create valuable communities where best practice, insights and ideas can be shared. We shall create and deliver opportunities to communicate and discuss good practice within the sector. A national symposium is taking place to share ideas and initiatives UK wide. There will be an opportunity to join focussed events and masterclasses to support learning.


We shall co-design and help to implement effective initiatives that improve career pathways and enhance entry routes into careers. The Technical Career Pathways Lab will select best practice and gather intelligence from the sector to design innovative interventions.

“We are leading nationally on this agenda to help standardise and improve career progression and entry routes into technical careers.
Our national Technical Careers Pathways Lab is building on the recommendations in the TALENT Commission.”
Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen

Technical Career Pathways Lead

Flow cytometry technician

66% of technical staff surveyed entered their technical career with an academic degree at level 6 or above

TALENT Commission Report (2022)