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Technicians in the creative industries, alongside the IST, are paving the way for a national professional registration scheme.

Registration of approved practitioners is becoming increasingly important as a measure of professional competence. It is evident that creative industries technicians are not well represented in this area, and the IST is keen to address this imbalance.

Amazing work has been done since the launch of the Science Council’s registration scheme and the Gatsby Foundations ‘Technicians Make It Happen’ initiative, but feedback from colleagues in the creative industries suggests that the fit is not quite right for those working in the arts, media and digital fields.

To this end, the IST has formed a special interest group of creative industries technicians, managers and senior university leaders to develop our existing Registered Practitioners framework to provide a platform for recognition of the excellent work they do.

The purpose of this group is to pilot a bespoke framework for Registered Practitioners within the creative industries. The IST is leading this project, working with representatives from 26 Higher Education Institutions across the UK. We are also holding discussions to support an application for funding to roll out this initiative across the UK.

We recently held an event at Manchester Metropolitan University to take an in-depth look at some of the challenges facing technical staff in the creative industries today. You can read more about this event on page 7 of our Spring eNewsletter.

We are always on the lookout for articles for our eNewsletter and Journal from technicians in the creative industries. If you have something you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you’d like to get involved in our pilot scheme for Registered Practitioners within the creative industries, please contact John-Paul at: j.p.ashton@istonline.org.uk

Pictures by kind permission of Manchester Metropolitan University