Technicians Make it Happen @ Millennium Point

Did you know that more than 700,000 technicians will be needed to fill jobs over the next decade? Despite the shortage, many of these diverse and rewarding careers remain hidden from the masses.

Technicians Make it Happen, launched by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, aims to challenge this outdated stereotype. From space flight, to your favourite music festivals – Technicians Make it Happen.

The exhibition now heads to Birmingham. Compelling photographs, stories and artefacts will be on display at Millennium Point until 12th February to showcase the UK’s hidden workforce.

Michelle Rea, Gatsby’s Education team, said:

“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.”

In hope of plugging the growing skills shortfall, the campaign is being backed by over 25 industry leaders including the BBC, Microsoft, Brompton Bikes and the Royal Air Force.

Hugh Milward, Director of Corporate Affairs, Microsoft UK, said:

“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, Gatsby are also asking the public to get involved and share images of what they think technicians make happen on social media.

The overall winner of #TechniciansMakeitHappen will receive a cash prize and career mentorship from industry experts.
Catch the exhibition at Millennium Point and visit www.technicians.org.uk for more information on how to get involved.

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