Every year, the UK needs to recruit at least 70,000 new technicians –demand for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) technicians is particularly acute.
Technicians are vital to the success of the UK’s world-leading research. They are a highly trained part of the workforce with a diverse range of expertise, providing essential support to research and knowledge transfer. Technicians directly contribute to research outputs – and their subsequent impact –and improve the efficiency of laboratory operations.
We are one of a number of research funders and education organisations today making a joint call to ensure that technicians from the European Economic Area (EEA) are eligible to work in the UK following Brexit.
Under existing non-EEA immigration rules, many highly qualified technicians are in roles which are not classified as skilled enough to be eligible for working visas.
If this same system was applied to EEA nationals post-Brexit, universities and research institutions across the UK could struggle to fill many technical roles with appropriately skilled staff.
Read the full article on skilled technicians in the UK at Wellcome
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