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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

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The scheme, which will be rolled out across all higher education institutions in England, aims to enhance the excellence and efficiency of the technical workforce by creating a national toolkit for progression and sharing best practice.

It includes tools, guidance and resources to help the higher education sector address a gap in its technical expertise and train the workforce needed to ensure the country is at the forefront of teaching and international research and development.

The project has been developed through collaboration with a number of HE partners and brings together initiatives that aim to ensure recognition and development of the technical workforce. These include Science Council and Engineering Council professional registration and activities led by the Institute of Science and Technology (IST), as the professional body for specialist, technical and managerial staff.

The project is developing a toolkit which, with guidance:

  • enables institutions to build an understanding of the current situation for technicians to support business continuity and succession planning and enabling them to support career development for technicians
  • enables institutions to identify local skills gaps by analysing current skills data against their strategic need
  • provides a consistent sector-wide technician taxonomy which provides a framework for progression, linked to external accreditation
  • provides career pathways advice and guidance, including signposted accredited development and training opportunities supported by a personal CPD tool.

The project is broken down into the following workstreams:

  • skills and responsibility capture tool
  • technical roles and competencies framework
  • technician entry programme development framework
  • open source CPD tool
  • technical networking and mentoring guidance.

The TDM project was successful in delivering the HEI Technical Resources Toolkit, which now resides under the National Technician Development Centre for Higher Education.

Project information

Catalyst funding £394,736
Total project funding £1,030,000
Project contact Terry Croft MBE
Telephone 0114 222 9770
Project website
HEFCE blog post HE technicians: The secret service exposed

Page last updated 13 October 2016

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