Creating a pathway for lab technicians – 5 minutes with Jane Banks, the Science Council

We spoke to Jane Banks, Relationship Manager at the Science Council about the importance of lab technicians…

What excites you in the industry?

It is an exciting time to be working in science at present. There’s never been a better time for science technicians, and the growing recognition and celebration of such crucial members of the science workforce.

What do you think the biggest challenge for lab technicians will be in the next 5 years?

An aging workforce means that there will be a need for as many as 700,000 new technicians in the next decade to meet demand from employers. The Science Council have been working towards closing this gap, by paving the way for the technicians of the future.

What is being done to make clear career pathways for technician roles?

Growth in technical education and development is a key priority for the Science Council and our partners. Together with the Technicians Commitment and Gatsby Foundation we’re undertaking work to raise the profile of technicians, support their development within the workplace and promote clearer and more stable career pathways. You can find out more about our worth with both the Technicians Commitment and Gatsby on our website.

What would you say to encourage the younger generation to a career as a technician?

Consider your options, and look around to see what would be the best fit for you. With the introduction of T-Levels in September 2020 and new reforms to apprenticeships, there are many pathways into a technical career for young people. We interviewed several apprentices and technicians for our Women in Science podcast series, have a listen for some inspiration.

And lastly, what is the best piece of advice you received in your career?

Be brave, and be passionate. The technical community is so passionate about what they do, and taking fantastic steps to be heard. Showcasing your skills and competencies by becoming professionally registered through the Science Council and or a Science Council licensed body, you are enabled to share that passion, and registration can open so many doors for you in your career.

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