Sue Ferns, Deputy General Secretary of Prospect, gives Katie her prize
Congratulations Katie! Katie Winter won a Kindle Fire HD in July's prize draw, which she entered by completing Prospect's technician registration survey.
Katie is one of Diamond Light Source's Surface Science Technicians. Prospect is working with several employers, including Diamond Light Source, on a project to raise the standing of technicians. The Gatsby Charitable Foundation is funding the project, and Diamond Light Source is covering professional body membership and registration fees for technicians, as a way of encouraging and investing in their vocational development.
The RegTech project will last for two years and has had a great start. During the project, both employers and individuals will learn about the value of technician registration programmes, through work with relevant institutes and professional bodies. There will also be:
- a dedicated support team, including online email support for technicians
- workplace technician 'surgeries'
- half a day of free training for RegTech advisors
Rachel Bennett, the project lead for RegTech at Prospect, said:
Katie has worked in the Surface Science Laboratory at Diamond for more than two years. Her job involves helping users to prepare and transfer samples and training them on how to use the equipment.
Katie initially joining the Royal Society of Chemistry because it was the “expected thing to do”. Katie continued her membership, and has since taken advantage of job advertisements, careers advice, and journals and magazines. Although Katie has been a member since 2003, and was aware of RSciTech registration, she didn't realise RSciTech was relevant to her, or that the Royal Society of Chemistry offered registration.
Katie has requested information about up-and-coming project-related events at Diamond Light Source. Several RegTech activities are being lined up by Prospect, including:
- the training of RegTech advisors during July
- workplace 'surgeries' on professional bodies throughout the autumn
- a special Science Council day for scientists and science technicians, to explain the advantages of registering with a relevant professional body
If you'd like to know more about RegTech and how the project can support professional registration, please email [email protected].