Technician pathways

Unionlearn has been leading a project entitled Technician pathways promoting the trade union role in delivering professional registration for technicians working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) covering key sectors such as:

  • Energy
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing

The project was funded by the Gatsby Foundation.

Unionlearn has been working in partnership with professional bodies and other organisations to promote the professional standing of technicians and recognising the valuable contribution they make both to the economy and to our lives more broadly.

The key project objective was to support unions in raising technician registration issues with employers as an access route to more and better continuous professional development (CPD). This has been done by developing positive and sustainable relationships between professional bodies, trade unions, employers and others with a view to encouraging and supporting more workers to take up technician registration.

A survey was sent out to unions to gauge their officers’ and reps’ awareness of the technician professional registration agenda generally and the unionlearn project specifically. The survey was open online from mid-October 2014 to mid-January 2015 and you can read the results of the Technician Pathways trade union survey.

Unionlearn has produced two advisory flyers:

Unionlearn has also produced a technician workplace survey template to gauge how familiar union members are with technician registration and whether they would be interested in pursuing it further.


Unionlearn signed a charter with the EngTechNow campaign on 6 July 2015. The two organisations agreed to work collaboratively on engaging employers to support technician registration. Blane Judd, EngTechNow CEO, signed the charter highlighting the importance of the registration for the technician workforce.

Technician registration toolkit

Unionlearn has produced a Technician registration toolkit. The toolkit is designed for union reps, officers and negotiators to help promote understanding and increase take up of technician registration to union members and to employers with technicians in their workforce.

Unionlearn has also produced the Employers supporting the technician workforce and working with unions guide to supplement the toolkit.

Technician registration FAQ

Professional groups such as engineers and scientists have a long tradition of professional registration, but there may be some misconceptions regarding technician registration. Unionlearn's technician registration FAQ gives answers to some questions people might have.

Memorandum of Understanding with the Science Council

The Science Council’s Chief Executive Diana Garnham signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the TUC on 23 June 2014. In this video, Diana Garnham describes how unionlearn and the Science Council will work together and share information to increase technician registration and access to continuous professional development.


News: Unionlearn and Science Council join forces to boost science skills

Video: Vince Cable on Technican Pathways

Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, spoke about the Technician Pathways at the unionlearn conference 2013:


Vince Cable on Technician Pathways from unionlearn on Vimeo.


For further information about the project, email:

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