Technician Commitment

Technician Commitment

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a proud signatory of the Technician Commitment. We signed up in March 2018, to play our part in valuing, developing and rewarding our highly skilled technical employees, who play a vital role in our organisation's work.

 

The Technician Commitment is a university and research institution initiative, led by a steering group of sector bodies, with support from the Science Council and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Technicians Make It Happen campaign.

By signing the Technician Commitment, we have pledged action against the key challenges affecting our technical staff:

  • Visibility
  • Recognition
  • Career Development
  • Sustainability

Download and read our Action Plan and Self-Assessment

 

Visibility

Supporting our technicians - Technician Commitment

Action: Ensure that all technicians within our organisation are identifiable and that the contribution of our technicians is visible within and beyond our Institution.

Events

We host a variety of events for our technicians. We also collect feedback from our technicians on what they value most to help us deliver great value.

We will continue to create new events as the technician commitment grows and develops, by listening to our technicians on what they would most like to learn more about.

Communication & connectivity

We are building a central place for technicians to share success stories, information and news, publicise events, advertise training and to create a strong internal network of technicians.

Case Studies of our technicians

Please click on the links to read more:

A day in the life of some of our bioinformaticians
Sanger Institute Blog: A day in life - Bioinformaticians
Claire - Laboratory Technician Apprentice
Case study: Claire - Laboratory Technician Apprentice
Peter - Senior Software Developer
Case study: Peter - Senior Software Developer

Recognition

Supporting our technicians - Technician Commitment

Action: Support our technicians to gain recognition through professional registration and external awards schemes.

Professional body registration

We support and encourage our technicians to become members of professional bodies in their respective profession.

Funding for our technicians

Our technicians can apply for Grant funding to support their professional and career development.

Awards

We also run our own recognition scheme called ‘Stars for Science Awards’.

Our internal scheme allows employees to nominate others. Winners receive £50 which can be spent on Amazon vouchers, spa breaks and overnight stays.

Career Development

Supporting our technicians - Technician Commitment

Action: Enable career progression opportunities for our technicians through the provision of clear, documented career pathways.

We are committed to the development of our technicians and we seek a culture where all staff are supported and developed.

Training

We offer a wide variety of training and development opportunities such as our Leadership & Management, Communication skills, Networking, and Presentation courses. In addition, we are developing new internal training courses that will be delivered by our technicians, to pass on specialist skills.

Resources

We are a member of the Higher Education and Technician’s Educational Development HEaTED which is the UK’s leading provider of professional development and networking opportunities for technicians.

Sustainability

Supporting our technicians - Technician Commitment

Action: Ensure the future sustainability of technical skills across our organisation and that technical expertise is fully utilised.

Leadership

We have a well-established Technician Commitment Steering Group, which is comprised of mainly technicians from across the Institute and other employees from support functions. The Technician Commitment Steering Group ensures that our Institute keeps this commitment as a priority, and will continue to review and develop new and updated opportunities for our technicians.

We also have working groups that ensure we continually improve our delivery of the Technician Commitment in areas including:

  • training
  • communication
  • policy and procedure
  • events and funding.
Apprenticeships

We are committed to developing apprenticeships across our Institute.

We have recruited technicians in apprenticeships for areas such as our laboratories and IT departments. Apprenticeships help people in their early careers to get a head start in life by gaining a fully-funded professional qualification while earning a salary.

More information

For more information on our Technician Commitment, contact our Technician Commitment Lead; Dawn Percival dp15@sanger.ac.uk