We are pleased to release The NTDC Technician Survey Report 2022 – Training and Development
The NTDC’s Technician Survey captures information on every aspect of a technical workforce, from their specialist technical skills to their future career plans and development needs. For individual technicians, the Technician Survey offers reflective Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and make their institution aware of their contributions, skills and development needs.
London Metropolitan explain why they run the NTDC Technician Survey:
“It will enable us to develop a career progression structure that will provide opportunities for our own graduates as well as more opportunities for technicians to progress to management or teaching roles. It will enable us to develop a skilled technical support staff team that is able to respond to changes in the academic portfolio and/or the sector.”
In recent years, the National Technician Development Centre’s Technician Survey has been successfully delivered at organisations around the UK and beyond. As well as proving a vital tool in helping these organisations understand their technical workforces locally, the survey has allowed the NTDC to collect unique data related to the technical workforce in Higher Education across the UK.
University of York explain why they run the NTDC Technician Survey:
“To better understand the skills and abilities of our technicians and also to reflect to senior management just what technicians do, we decided to run the NTDC’s Technician Skills, Roles and Responsibilities Audit, which also fed into our Technician Commitment action plan.”
This report comes in the wake of the first benchmarking report from the NTDC Technician Survey, released in late 2021. You can view this previous report on the NTDC site here.
We hope that the findings of this report will help to highlight the specific areas of training and development that technical staff are looking to receive, as well as signpost to potential areas where this training can be accessed. In the context of the previous NTDC Technician Survey Benchmarking Report, and the recent MITalent Report, we hope that this will help to establish an understanding across the sector of the fact that technical staff are frequently not able to access the training and development they feel would allow them to carry out their roles as effectively as possible, and that the NTDC will be able to continue to emphasise why it is so important that they do so, and to establish suitable resources for the workforce to be able to access and receive the support their vital work deserves.
Read and download the full report here: