Technology and Design

Statutory Training associated with Health and Safety requirements for Technology and Design.

  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) places an onus on employers to ensure that those employees using wood working and metal working machines and equipment have access to competence based training. The STEM Technical Team within the Education Directorate is responsible for providing this training to Technology and Design teachers and technicians. This training involves opportunities for initial and refresher training in the use of various technology and design equipment.
  • Department of Education Circular 2007/22 sets out the qualifications for teachers in NI and in Annex A the additional specialist qualification to teach Technology and Design. As a result those teachers who have an initial teacher qualification through a Post Graduate Certificate of Education must also ensure that they have a qualification in Workshop Competency (accredited by City and Guilds or Open College Network NI). The STEM Technical team provide this 210 hour course on request of DE to schools and Ulster University.


  • The mandatory health and safety training is currently offered at three EA centres that are fully equipped with Technology & Design manufacturing suites to allow teachers to develop and refresh key skills. 

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Last updated: 30/10/2023