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

Science Industry Partnership Membership

Becoming a SIP member means joining with other employers to have a powerful voice to ensure a better deal and value from the skills system, including access to funding at a national and local level, a quality assured training provider network, solutions to your skills challenges and clear signposting to skills solutions.

Members can influence skills initiatives including shaping and getting what you need from the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.

SIP membership also means priority access to and information on national and local skills funding. Through the £32m Employer Ownership Project (EOP) companies have directly accessed funding for both training and apprentices. Over 5500 individuals have received training and 1200 apprentices have been recruited through the funded project.

New Economy Manchester has recently provided £200,000 from the City Deal Fund to deliver a project on behalf of the Science Sector, which will see Greater Manchester employers in the industries supported to take on a total of 300 new Laboratory Technician Apprenticeships.

Malcolm Skingle, Director, GSK and Chair of the SIP board: “The SIP provides a critical employer leadership role on skills, supporting individual member companies to get the skills they need and developing new solutions with their input. Membership also means getting best value from the apprenticeship levy as well as influence over Government Policy, through a powerful sector voice.

The SIP is ideally positioned to ensure true employer ownership is strongly embedded within the skills and education system and that we have a real say in what we need.


Science Industry Partnership - an overview from members of the SIP Board  Science Industry Partnership - a new,             bespoke approach for Apprenticeships


* The SIP embraces Life Sciences - pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology, consumer healthcare and Industrial Sciences - chemicals, industrial biotechnology, polymers and advanced materials, formulations.

SIP Board

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.

"This partnership will put employers in the driving seat, allowing us to identify ways of attracting the best young people and in turn securing the essential skill base for a prosperous UK science-based sector.”

GSK Director Malcolm Skingle, Chair of the Science Industry Partnership

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