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The University of Sheffield is leading a scheme to tackle a black hole in universities’ technical expertise 

The University's Technical Development and Modernisation project has successfully secured £400,000 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to pioneer career pathways for technicians.

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 practise.

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 & Managerial Staff.