The higher technical skills gap that has been identified is 450,000 new job opportunities in science, engineering and technology by 2020. This creates an urgent need to recognise and celebrate our technicians of today, whilst growing and strengthening those of tomorrow. They are highly productive people, technically qualified to a minimum of Level 3, committed to continuous professional development and found in just about every area and walk of life.
Yet, as the Skills Commission so clearly articulated in their recent report:
"Often neglected by policymakers and left on the educational sidelines, technicians are the unsung heroes of some of the UK’s leading industries. For too long they have been undervalued, undernourished, and relegated to an occupational division considered less important than their professional counterparts."