Technicians are the linchpins of the UK economy. They are skilled people who use their science, engineering or technology knowledge to identify and solve practical problems. They are the electricians and plumbers that we all rely on, but they are also crucial to the success of many of our country’s future-growth areas, including the aerospace, chemical, digital, engineering and manufacturing industries.
Beyond the obvious skills needs of technology-heavy sectors, many areas of our national life, from the NHS to our armed services, depend on skilled technicians to operate efficiently. Currently, over 1.5 million technicians are employed in the UK. Most of these technicians are employed in engineering roles but there are also significant numbers working in science, health and technology. However, an aging workforce means that 50,000 of our best technicians are retiring every year, and forecasts show we will need as many as 700,000 more technicians in the next decade to meet demand from employers.
A new system of technical education for England will come on stream by the end of this decade that will transform how our technicians of tomorrow are taught and developed. The Technicians Make it Happen (TMiH) campaign provides teachers, young people, and parents with stories and content about the careers and lives of our nation’s technicians. As more of our young people undoubtedly seek to embark on a technical pathway, TMiH offers resources that will inform and inspire young people about what it is to be a technician in 21st Century Britain.