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Career progression

If you are planning to develop your career as a technician, at the University or elsewhere, Human Resources offer advice and guidance to all technicians on how to take the next step in planning and controlling your career:

HR also offer a wide range of training courses, both online and classroom-based:

If you have very specific training requirements, you may need to use a training provider outside the University. Your line manager will be able to advise you how to go about requesting this. They, or your colleagues, may also be able to recommend someone who offers the training you need.


TechYork facilitates training/CPD events throughout the year for courses relevant to technicians to supplement those available via the University's Learning Management System.

Please approach your line manager for funding opportunities if you find a relevant course, and/or contact TechYork if it is a course that might have wider appeal that could be facilitated by us to a wider group of technicians.

Apprenticeship Levy Fund

You can also utilise Apprenticeship Levy funding to pay for a course aligned to your current role. There are over 700 programmes available, many of which are suitable for University staff.

As long as the programme is relevant to your current role, you can access this funding with no change to your terms and conditions.

For more information, please visit the dedicated University Apprenticeship web pages and browse the programmes on offer.

A new role?

We have been working with the NTDC to develop these grade descriptors to help you plan your progression.


Explore the opportunities to have your skills recognised through awards.

Register for an ORCID iD to maximise recognition of your contributions to research, scholarship and innovation, giving you a unique identifier to connect your contributions:


The Hidden-Ref is an opportunity to recognise those not included in the REF, but have a major impact on scientific output - from glass washers, laboratory technicians to computer programmers and people running technical services or core facilities, and everything in-between.

Career Pathways Booklet

A personal guide for technicians working at the University of York who wish to advance their career. The guide details technical roles at York, how to obtain on-the-job experience, who to contact for support, and useful resources.

Career Pathways Booklet (PDF , 624kb)