Employers driving skills for UK growth

Employers driving skills for UK growth

The Skills Partnership for the science industries

The Skills Partnership for the science industries

Securing the future of the UK science economy

Securing the future of the UK science economy

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The SIP is supported by a 20 strong Employer Board of influential science companies for whom skills are of strategic importance.

It also has a seat on the key science-based Ministerial Councils to support their ambition on skills – and a clear voice into Government on skills.  In particular, it is in direct engagement with Government on what the sector needs to make the Apprenticeship levy work.

The SIP’s views are underpinned by aSkills Strategy,which sets out the skills ambition and priorities for the sector identifying a need for up to 260,000 new people by 2020. This forecast includes:

  • up to 142,000 professional level graduate-entry jobs
  • up to 73,000 technical level apprenticeship-entry  roles

The Strategy also identifies a red list of priority skills shortages and gaps including Bioinformaticians, Computational Scientists, Health Economists, Formulation Scientists, Process Safety Engineers, Pathology & Systems Biology and Qualified Persons (QPs).

A new SIP Strategic Skills Action plan is currently underway; this sets out the collaborative action across the skills landscape required to deliver the skills set out in the industry strategies for all parts of the sector including life sciences, medical technologies, biotechnology, chemicals and polymers.

Apprenticeship Levy > Making the Apprenticeship Levy work for companies in the sector.
National Standards > A science industry sector standards plan.
New Skills Solutions > New skills products and solutions essential for employers in the sector to develop their staff.
Careers A strong recruitment pipeline through the growing SIP ambassador network.
Training Providers A Quality Assured network of Training Providers.
Member Networking > An essential network of science industries working together.
Member Services rates > SIP Members get priority access to a range of skills services at reduced rates.

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