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Orthotic Technician


Orthotic Technicians help people live their lives to the full by making splints, braces and special footwear.

You will work with people of all ages with a wide range of conditions, including, arthritis, cerebral palsy, stroke , spina bifida and scoliosis.


An Orthotic Technician needs to be:

  • creative
  • good with their hands
  • able to work to deadlines
  • methodical and accurate
  • able to work from technical instructions

You will also need:

  • practical skills
  • design skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • using hand tools
  • working with different materials
  • IT and CADCAM skills
  • good communication skills if working with patients


Although there are no set entry requirements, employers usually ask for five GCSEs (or equivalent) including English, Maths and a science or engineering subject. A level 3 apprenticeship standard for prosthetic and Orthotic Technicians has been approved. To get onto an apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a health care provider.

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