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:
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.