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.