Did you know more than 700,000 technicians will be needed to fill jobs in the UK over the next decade? Their diverse skills are critical in driving the UK economy, yet despite the shortage, many of these rewarding careers remain hidden from the masses.

The term ‘technician' conjures up visions of lab coats and the smell of bunsen burners. However, there are a range of career routes available to young people including aerospace, fashion, automotive, music, gaming, film and much more.

Launched by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Technicians Make it Happen campaign aims to challenge the outdated stereotype of what technicians do, and raise awareness of the pivotal role that technicians play.

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The multi-channel campaign will encourage and inspire young people with a talent for STEM subjects to consider the benefits of a career as a technician.

Backed by over 25 industry leaders including the BBC, Microsoft, Brompton Bikes and The Royal Air Force, striking portraits of many of the technicians featured in the Technicians Make it Happen campaign are being exhibited in our Level 2 Pop-Up Space until Sunday 12th February 2017.

Come and meet the technicians who make so much happen, read their stories, experience their world and be inspired by the work they undertake.

Here’s what some of the supporters have to say about the campaign:


Michelle Rea, Gatsby’s Education team

“More than 25% of employers working in science, technology, engineering and maths are already reporting difficulty in recruiting technicians. Contrary to popular belief, technicians are not limited to the lab. Opportunities exist right now for young people and those seeking a change of career. We want to expose these opportunities and make a career as a technician desirable, as they really do make it happen.”


Joe Knott, STFC RAL Space who trained as a technician

“I think it’s really exciting that something I’ve handled and helped to test is actually going to land on another planet. As a technician, I can contribute to projects that improve mankind’s understanding of the universe. I didn’t think it was possible.”


Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft UK

“The Technicians Make it Happen is a campaign we wholeheartedly support, not least because it matches the aspirations of so many of our apprentices, partners and customers.”


To raise awareness of industry’s hidden heroes, Gatsby is asking the public to get involved and share images of what they think technicians make happen. The overall winner of #TechniciansMakeitHappen will receive a cash prize and career mentorship from industry experts

For more information, visit www.technicians.org.uk, or follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #techniciansmakeithappen.

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