Technical leaders and HR professionals join innovative career event

Jul 10, 2024

“Technical career pathways can only change if we work collaboratively”, was one of the key messages from an event delivered by the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy.

75 technical professional leaders and HR professionals attended the first event held by the Institute’s Technical Careers Pathways Lab on 9 July 2024.

Analysing and mapping the workforce, succession planning, career and promotional pathway best practice, working together with HR and future technical pipelines were the topics addressed at the practical and informative event. Sessions were delivered by technical professionals who have pioneered change in their own organisations.

Sarah Allen, ITSS Technical Careers Pathways Lead said:

“This is a topical issue within the higher education and research sector and we’re proud to be funded by Research England to reimagine career pathways for technical professionals.

“We’ve been exploring best practice and innovation around career and promotional pathways, across UK institutions. This event showcased insightful case studies from eight institutions which have delivered real impact for technical professionals including promotions, increased recognition and culture change.”

Dr Kelly Vere MBE, Programme Lead for the Technician Commitment and Co-Director of the UK Institute for Technical Skills and Strategy delivered the keynote speech and said:

“There is an army of people who help make education, research and innovation happen, these technical professionals often don’t get the recognition they deserve. We know there is an aging population, significant EDI challenges and a growing skills gap, which is why the work of the Technical Career Pathways Lab is so important as it’s playing a part in addressing these challenges.”

“I strongly encourage technical leaders and HR professionals to engage with the work of the UK’s Technical Career Pathway Lab. This initiative aligns with the Technician Commitment pillars and will help organisations to deliver on their action plans.

“It also progresses recommendations published in the landmark TALENT Commission report. I’m confident this Technical Career Pathways Lab will continue to foster innovation through collaboration, shaping real change for the technical community.”

Speakers on the day:

Jenna Hopkins, University of Essex
James Magee, University of Reading
Melanie Hannah, University of Sheffield
Somer Finlay, University of Sheffield
Ian Hancox, University of Warwick
Jan Brett, University of Liverpool
Fred Hale, University of Bristol
Martin Dellar, University of Nottingham
Jiteen Ahmed, Aston University

Find out more about the Technical Careers Pathways Lab