Prospect opens a poster competition for creative technicians

Prospect, the union which represents scientists and engineers, has taken a creative approach to building interest in professional registration. Earlier this week Prospect launched a poster competition to encourage more technicians, and those in technical roles, to demonstrate their work.

The competition is open for technicians and apprentices who perform technical roles across engineering, science and IT functions in Diamond Light Source and the Science and Technology Science Council across the Harwell campus near Oxford.

The poster competition encourages more technicians to have their skills and knowledge recognised against international standards.

Rachel Bennett, project manager, Prospect RegTech Project explained:

The poster competition should promote the diverse nature and skills of technicians and those in technical roles at Diamond and industries across the private and public sectors. It is hugely encouraging that Prospect, Diamond and STFC are sponsoring this competition. We hope it will act as a catalyst for more people to get involved, support colleagues and promote and recognise the technician workforce."

The union’s RegTech project, launched in late 2014 and funded by the Gatsby Foundation, has been working with professional bodies and employers to encourage people in engineering, scientific or IT roles to embrace professional registration.

As part of the project, Prospect is training and supporting members to be workforce advocates for professional development – known as RegTech advisers.

Lloyd Collier, RegTech project development leader said:

Registered technician status can be the foundation to progressing an individual’s career and professional development. Prospect research shows that there are more than 500 different types of technician status across its membership."

Kirsi Kekki, unionlearn policy officer, added:

It is great to see Prospect encourage technicians to be creative in promoting their occupation and professional registration. In unionlearn's Technician Pathways project we are really happy to work with Prospect's RegTech project in highlighting how professional registration benefits both existing technicians and apprentices in engineering, science and ICT."

For more information about the RegTech competition, please contact Lloyd Collier at [email protected] or 07760 767818.

Unionlearn Technician Pathways project raises union awareness of professional registration for technician workforce.