The TDM Toolkit

Developed by the Technical Development and Modernisation team


HE Technical Career Pathways

We have developed the Higher Education
Technical Taxonomy, Competency
Framework and exemplar Role Profiles
to illustrate technical roles, from entry to
leadership level.


Technician Skills, Roles
and Responsibilities Audit

We have developed a Technician Skills, Roles
and Responsibilities audit, a comprehensive strategic
workforce planning tool, covering the range of roles,
responsibilities and skills commonly found among
technicians within HEIs. This is designed to help
HEIs capture the relevant data needed to support
workforce planning.


Technician Development Framework

A how-to guide on designing and delivering
effective development programmes for new
and existing technical staff, designed to provide
guidance to support the strategic development
and delivery of effective apprenticeship, trainee
and intern programmes within the HE sector.



We have developed AspireCPD, a Continuing
Professional Development (CPD) tool designed
to capture training, e-learning and CPD data.
This will support CPD for individual technicians
and assist HE institutions in developing new
and existing talent and technician development


Career Development

We have developed guidance based on best
practice, to signpost to and support career
development opportunities. This includes
networking (physical and virtual), mentoring,
secondments and work shadowing. The
user-friendly guidance supports technical groups
setting up networking and mentoring schemes as
well as technicians looking to undertake mentoring,
secondments or work shadowing.