Botanic garden headlines technican campaign

Cambridge University Botanic Garden horticulture head Sally Petitt is at the forefront of a campaign "to challenge outdated notions of who our nation's technicians are and what they do".

Cambridge University Botanic Garden technician Sally Hughes
Cambridge University Botanic Garden technician Sally Hughes

Technicians Make it Happen was launched in April 2016 with backing from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. 

Estimates suggest we need around 70,000 newly qualified technicians each year to replace those retiring and to fill the new opportunities opening up – yet we do not have enough people with the right knowledge and skills to fill these jobs

The BBC, Microsoft, the Royal Air Force, the University of Cambridge and RAL Space have committed to support the campaign.

Petitt said: "All horticultural staff here at Cambridge University Botanic Garden are employed as technicians. They each have the qualifications, practical and technical skills and knowledge to facilitate research both within and outside the University of Cambridge, while also delivering high standards of horticulture to our 250,000 visitors each year. Industry needs to remain alert to the value of technicians in the delivery of practical, specialist tasks, and their role in ensuring the functionality of organisations. Provision of funding, practical training and apprenticeships is key to ensuring the growth of technician roles in the UK."

Case studies of technicians in various roles across exciting and innovative industries are available on the website,, as well as across social media.

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