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

Standards, Standards ... read all about it

In January two new Apprenticeship Standards were submitted for approval to the Department for Education’s approval panel

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Everything you ever wanted to know about apprenticeship end-point assessment…

The introduction of end-point assessment (EPA) is one of the biggest changes to the apprenticeship landscape in England.  

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Response to Brexit speech

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech setting out the Government’s twelve negotiating objectives for exiting the EU, the SIP commented on the skills and talent dimension of the proposed Brexit plan.

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SIP welcomes Spring Budget measures to boost STEM education, skills and lifelong learning

The SIP’s leading science employers responded positively to the Chancellor‘s Spring budget plans to commit an additional £500 million in Government funding, every year, for training 16 to 19-year-olds undertaking technical skills programmes

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Twin track SIP response to Industrial Strategy Green Paper

The Government released its Industrial Strategy Green Paper in January and is now seeking views on its approach to building a modern industrial strategy, “delivering an economy that works for everyone.”

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AstraZeneca shares experience of SIP Ambassador Programme

Simon Mowat, Leadership Development Manager at AstraZeneca answers questions on the SIP Ambassador Programme

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SIP Ambassadors supported by Board representation, showcase science careers at the Big Bang Fair 2017

The SIP recently took its specially designed, interactive STEM careers kit to the 2017 Big Bang Fair, the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK.

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Apprenticeship Levy Management Service

Cogent Skills, the SIP’s expert partner offers an Apprenticeship Levy Management Service to help plan organisational strategy for apprenticeships, highlighting the opportunities for talent management and succession planning.

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Count down to the Apprenticeship levy

The introduction of the new apprenticeship levy is now less than a week away – its introduction means a completely new approach to how larger companies take on apprentices. 

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Vocational education is changing its image – building new pathways to professional status

SIP Chair, Malcolm Skingle recently contributed a Bioindustry Association (BIA) Blog explaining that we are currently witnessing the most far reaching changes to further and higher education in decades 

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SIP launches Action Plan to ensure the supply of 260,000 new scientific entrants required through to 2025

Following the publication of the Science Industry Partnership’s Skills Strategy the SIP has now launched a collaborative Strategic Skills Action Plan to deliver the key skills activities needed to achieve the sectors’ skills ambition – including a requirement for  up to 260,000 skilled people out to 2025 – many in new technology-based scientific occupations.  

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SIP Membership - one voice on skills, making a difference

SIP employer members have come together to take responsibility for the skills they need to grow excellence and innovation. 

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SIP welcomes Spring Budget measures to boost STEM education, skills and lifelong learning

SIP has responded positively to the Chancellor‘s Spring budget plans to commit an additional £500 million in Government funding, every year

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Nationwide search begins for science’s inspirational business leaders

Business leaders in the science-related industries are being encouraged to celebrate their achievements with a national award.

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Science Industry Partnership launches Action Plan to ensure the supply of 260,000 new scientific entrants required through to 2025

Following the publication of the Science Industry Partnership’s Skills Strategy the SIP has now launched a collaborative Strategic Skills Action Plan

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Government online apprenticeship service now open

The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are inviting large employers to sign up and register for its online apprenticeship service.

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Devolved administrations

A round-up of news from the devolved administations

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Apprenticeships and Skills Minister outlines the future of careers advice

The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, recently made a keynote speech on the future of careers advice. 

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Closing the STEM Skills Gap: Response to the Select Committee inquiry

The Commons Science and Technology Committee is particularly keen to receive evidence of the STEM skills that are needed but found to be in short supply or missing

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Consultation response from SIP on the draft strategic guidance for the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA).

The SIP consultation response to the IFA’s Guidance.

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SIP responds to the Prime Minister's Brexit speech

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech setting out the Government’s twelve negotiating objectives for exiting the EU.

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SIP welcomes the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper

The SIP has welcomed The Government’s Green Paper, Building our Industrial Strategy, launched by the Prime Minister.

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Closing the STEM Skills Gap. Response to the Select Committee from SIP

Closing the STEM Skills GapResponse to the Select Committee from SIP

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Science Industry Partnership welcomes the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) of leading employers, has welcomed The Government’s Green Paper, Building our Industrial Strategy, launched by the Prime Minister, with its proposals for ‘sector deals’.

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Science Industry Partnership responds to the Prime Minister's Brexit speech

The Science Industry Partnership is a membership organisation of employers who are working in partnership to deliver the next generation of world-class skills needed in a post-Brexit economy.

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SIP response to consultation on the draft strategic guidance for the Institute for Apprenticeships

SIP response to consultation on the draft strategic guidance for the Institute for Apprenticeships 

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Science Industry Partnership responds to the Prime Minister's Brexit speech

SIP comments on the Prime Minister’s speech setting out the Government’s twelve negotiating objectives for exiting the UK.

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SIAS listed on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations

SIAS, which was established at the request of SIP, is  delighted to announce it is now included on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAO). 

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Clarity and consistency needed on the skills agenda post Brexit

The Science Industry Partnership has called for Government to reassure employers that skills policy will not be subject to further change or instability in the light of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union

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About Complimentary SIP Membership Days

SIP employers can use their allocated complimentary membership days for support across a number of skills and workforce development activities.

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SIP working in the regions

During 2016,employers were invited, by the SIP, to find out how the levy will affect their organisation through a series of SIP Apprenticeship levy workshops around the UK 

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SIP Ambassador Programme goes from strength to strength

2016 has been a fantastic year for the SIP Careers Programme.  The SIP has signed up 253 Careers Ambassadors, delivering in-school interactive activities – and is looking for more people to help to take the STEM career message into schools. 

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Help to shape a UK Bioeconomy Strategy

The UK Bioeconomy Strategy call for evidence is now open and will run for just over 8 weeks until Sunday 29th January 2017. 

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2016 sees over £695,000 project funding invested into science sector skills

Project funding continues to flow into the science sector, supporting science employers nationally and in the regions.  During 2016 Cogent Skills, the SIP’s partner, secured over £695,000 project funding for the sector, aimed at boosting skills and bringing in new talent.

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Making the most of the apprenticeship levy

The countdown is on to the introduction of the Government’s apprenticeship levy - the 0.5% payroll tax on all employers with a wage bill of £3million and over.

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SIP seeks to support Industrial Policy

At the latest SIP Board meeting, there was representation from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on the policy direction and latest thinking on the Government’s developing Industrial Strategy. 

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Government update on Post 16 Skills Reform – employers will take the lead

At the most recent SIP board meeting, there was an update from the Department for Education (DfE) on the Post-16 skills reform agenda. The new system is being designed to replace what is seen as being “over-complex” and not meeting the needs of individuals and employers.

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SIP continues to grow in influence and reach

The Science Industry Partnership of employers is taking direct responsibility for sectoral ambition on skills, and continues to grow in influence and reach, with regular Ministerial engagement, links to the key Ministerial Councils and policy updates delivered by key officials.

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Autumn Statement Highlights

On 23rd November, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond gave his first Autumn Statement to Parliament. His overall message was one of reduced growth forecasts and falling revenues, with the intention to prepare the UK economy for the uncertainties around Brexit. 

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Ofqual to introduce new Regulated Qualifications Framework

Ofqual has announced arrangements for the introduction of its new Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The RQF was introduced on 1 October 2015.

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First scientists move in to London’s new world-leading research lab

New £650 million laboratory welcomes the first researchers to begin their collaboration and help strengthen the UK’s world-leading reputation in science.

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Alternative pathways into the labour market

The CIPD commissioned research to explore various pathways into employment. 

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Providers views on apprenticeship reform

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) have carried out a joint research project to inform future policy with evidence on how providers of Apprenticeships are preparing for the reforms.

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Earning and learning: Making the apprenticeship system work for 16–18-year-olds

The IPPR has published a report that says boosting social mobility in Britain requires better education-to-work transitions for young people who have low qualifications

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Undergraduates engaged in courses – but only half feel equipped for the work

Results from UKES 2016, the HEA’s undergraduate engagement survey, show that while overall 88% of undergraduates say they find their course challenging, just 51% reported that they have strongly developed the skills that ready them for the world of work and will help them get a job.

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More young people in apprenticeships than ever before

New figures show almost 3 million apprenticeships created since May 2010 as part of government’s drive to create opportunities for all.

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Peter Lauener outlines vision for Institute for Apprenticeships

Mr Lauener gave his first speech with 'the Institute for Apprenticeships hat on' at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers' autumn conference.

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DfE seeking Route Panel Chairs for the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA)

The DfE is seeking Chairs for each of the IfA Route Panels.

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SIP responds to Government’s Confirmation of Apprenticeship Levy Funding Rules

The Science Industry Partnership responded to the Department for Education’s (DfE) October confirmation of its proposed Apprenticeship Levy funding rules. 

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SIAS listed on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations

SIAS is now included on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations 

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Have your say - Respond to the SIP Apprenticeship Demand Survey

Complete the SIP Apprenticeship Demand Survey and have your say on developing new Apprenticeships

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SIP responds to Government’s Confirmation of Apprenticeship Levy Funding Rules

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SIP welcomes new science industry employers to the Partnership

The SIP would like to extend a welcome to new its members 

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SIP Member Complimentary Consultancy Days

SIP members can use their allocated complimentary consultancy days for support across a number of skills and workforce development activities, for example to scope a SIP Levy Implementation Plan.

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SIP welcomes APBI report which shows that Pharma Industry apprenticeships double in 2015

A new report from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) highlights the growing number of collaborations and partnerships between the pharmaceutical industry and academic institutions - including the UK's top universities -  and charities and the NHS.

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“Futures in Science” SIP classroom resources refreshed to include the toothpaste challenge!

The SIP has spent three months reviewing and updating theFutures in Scienceclassroom resources used by the network of 248 SIP Careers Ambassadors when running science workshops in schools.  

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Project funding continues to boost sector skills

After only nine months theGM Sci-App Programmeis making a real impact across Greater Manchester.

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Sign up for SIP Apprenticeship Levy workshop in Horsham

Employers are being invited to find out how the levy will affect their organisation through a series of SIP Apprenticeship levy workshops around the UK.

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Brexit – what the SIP wants to see

The SIP has called for Government to reassure employers that skills policy will not be subject to further change or instability in the light of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. 

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Skills and education policy: getting set for a year of change

From the Apprenticeship levy to Brexit, the shifting policy and skills landscape will mean change ahead for the science industries.

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Science Manufacturing Process Operative Standard and Degree Apprenticeship Standard set to join Trailblazer suite

The science sector Trailblazer Group is designing and developing two further new Apprenticeship Standards.

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SIP consults widely on Strategic Action Plan for Science Sector Skills

Following the publication of the Science Industry Partnership Skills Strategy 2025, the SIP has developed a Skills Action Plan to deliver the key activities needed to achieve the sectors’ skills objectives

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First Cohort of Science Industry Trailblazer apprentices achieve their SIAS Awards

Ten apprentices from leading science-based companies, Lucite International and Pfizer, are the first to successfully complete the new employer-designed Trailblazer Apprenticeships

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New Occupational Map classifies current and new science sector occupations

A resulting Standards Plan will support SIP members to maximize the Levy 

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SIP submits response to Government consultation on proposals for apprenticeship funding

The SIP has welcomed the further clarity around the apprenticeship levy and the proposed funding model –as well as confirmation that £2.5 billion will be invested in apprenticeship training by 2020 under these latest plans.  

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Maximising the Apprenticeship levy through a Managed Service

Employers around the country are currently trying to make sense of an apprenticeship landscape that is undergoing significant transformation.  

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SIP Chair Malcolm Skingle explores business-academia links at RSB event

Representatives from two of the UK’s largest science businesses met with learned societies and academics last night at a meeting of RSB Member Organisations.

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SIP Skills Strategy shows demand for 250,000 jobs in the science industries by 2025

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) has published its first SIP Skills Strategy, based on a major research exercise into the skills required through to 2025.

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UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) Working Futures published

The UKCES has published its latest comprehensive and detailed model of the UK labour market. 

 

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Maximising the Apprenticeship levy through SIP Membership

The SIP is committed to making sure the Apprenticeship levy works effectively for companies in the sector, so they get maximum value and return from any levy contribution. 

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Apprenticeship diversity champions network: communications toolkit produced

This toolkit gives employer diversity champions information to engage and inspire communities and other employers to make apprenticeships more diverse. 

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Latest surveys show the value of Apprenticeships

The Government has pledged to create 3 million apprentices by 2020, it’s clear that higher level and degree apprenticeships are real priority.

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Industrial Partnerships: Achievements and Successes report published

This week sees a report entitled Industrial Partnerships: Achievements and Successes produced by all the Industrial Partnerships .

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Brexit statement made by Business Secretary Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid has chaired a meeting of the chairs of UK’s largest business organisations, and CEOs and senior representatives from many of our biggest employers. His message for them was very clear. “Britain is open for business.”

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Skills Minister Nick Boles: “no change on apprenticeship levy”

Skills Minister Nick Boles: “no change on apprenticeship levy” …but minor delay in funding information 

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Education Secretary recommends new Chief Inspector of Ofsted

The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has recommended Amanda Spielman for the post of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

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Government HE White Paper published today

Government HE White Paper published today.  Sets out plans for significant overhaul in Higher Education 

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Jo Johnson sets out vision for joined up Education and Business policy at Universities UK Annual Conference

The Universities Minister highlighted his role spanning the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Education (DfE).

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NAO report published: delivering value through the apprenticeships programme

The National Audit Office (NAO) report concludes that the Department for Education has not set out how it will use the increase in apprenticeship numbers to deliver improvement in productivity, and how it will influence the mix of apprenticeships in order to deliver the most value.

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BIS seeking Institute for Apprenticeships Board Members

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills is now recruiting for eight board members for the new Institute for Apprenticeships (IoA).

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Jo Johnson statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, has made a public statement on higher education and research following the EU referendum

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Employers and training providers to road-test the new digital apprenticeship service

The DfE have announced that employers and training providers across England are getting the chance to test out the new digital apprenticeship service, to make sure it meets their needs and is ready for when the new apprenticeship funding system comes into effect.

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SIP submits response to Government consultation on proposals for apprenticeship funding

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) has welcomed the further clarity around the apprenticeship levy and the proposed funding model –as well as confirmation that £2.5 billion will be invested in apprenticeship training by 2020 under these latest plans.  

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The Levy Operational Model provides options for employers

The Government has set out a broad operational model for the Apprenticeship levy, however in reality this provides options for employers

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New report defines world-class apprenticeships as those rooted in sector skills and knowledge

The report’s main author, Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, interviewed some of the world’s leading apprenticeship reformers.

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SIP Skills Strategy hits the headlines

The Science Industry Partnership’s first SIP Skills Strategyhas made the headlines across the life sciences press. 

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GM Project delivers brand new science provision

The GM Science Apprenticeship project is already having a positive impact in the region, 6 months into delivery.

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Science Industry Partnership welcomes Government’s Post 16 Skills Plan to overhaul Technical Education

The UK’s leading employer forum for skills in the science industries, the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) has welcomed the Government’s response to Lord Sainsbury’s recommendations on technical education, as set out in its Post 16 Skills Plan

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Training Provider Network goes from strength to strength

The Assured Training Provider Network for the science industries goes from strength to strength, with many new providers joining in recent months, taking the total to over 130.

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Scotland Manifesto Round-up

Round up of the Scoltand Manifestos

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Make the most of SIP Member Consultancy Days

All SIP members receive complimentary consultancy days: for example a Competence Review or Apprenticeship advice and guidance. 

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Apprenticeship levy: updated guidance on how it will work

This updated guidance provides information on how the apprenticeship levy will work, from when it is introduced on 6 April 2017.

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Apprenticeships: Consultation on Proposals for funding from May 2017

The Government has now set out its proposals for apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017. 

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SIP Support for your internship recruitment

Hosting a student on an internship is a perfect way to bring new talent into the business.

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SIP engages with new Ministerial Teams

SIP Chair Malcolm Skingle has congratulated new key Ministers in Government 

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Science Industry Partnership (SIP) comments on HE White Paper

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published its HE White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice. 

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SIP Chair, Malcolm Skingle outlines his views on the SIP Skills Strategy

SIP Chair,  Malcolm Skingle outlines his views on the SIP Skills Strategy 

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PM sets out new plans for schools - proposals to allow new grammars

The PM has unveiled a package of measures to “increase the number of good school places and ensure all children have the best start in life.

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£75,000 grant to Help Young People Achieve Their Potential

On behalf of the science employers it represents, Cogent Skills has been awarded a grant from a major investment fund created by The Careers & Enterprise Company.

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Seeking SIP Ambassadors to inspire young people

The Science Industry Partnership continues to seek SIP Ambassador representation from member companies.

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SIP comments on the latest Government plans for the Apprenticeship Levy

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) of leading employers has commented on the Government’s most recent proposals on apprenticeship funding and expressed views on the wider reforms. 

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Science Industry Partnership (SIP) secures delivery agreement with Medilink East and West Midlands and the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI)

A partnership agreement has been secured with Medilink East and West Midlands in collaboration with the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) as key industry representative bodies, which will deliver a package of SIP skills interventions into the Medical Technology (MedTech) sector.

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SIP employers will lead on Sector Skills through membership model

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) is having a significant impact on the skills challenges facing the sector. While the Government EOP funding will end next March, the employer-led SIP will continue its important role through a membership model. 

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SIP members: make complex simple through your bespoke Apprenticeship levy plan

The Government’s Apprenticeship levy is still planned to come into force next year. It will be collected from employers with a payroll bill greater than £3m at a rate of 0.5%, comes into effect in April 2017 

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Apprenticeship Levy must be sector-led says Science Industry Partnership (SIP)

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) responded to the Government’s consultation on the Apprenticeship Levy, announced this year as part of its strategy to fund 3 million Apprenticeships.

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£52 MILLION BOOST FOR SKILLS AND TRAINING IN UK SCIENCE SECTORS

Science Minister David Willetts will today (8 July) announce a £52 million investment in new and emerging science talent, creating more than 7,800 education and skills opportunities over a two-year period.

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Welcome to the Science Industry Partnership Bulletin

In this first issue the SIP Bulletin showcases the latest results of employers taking charge of skills.

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Graduate vacancies drop for first time in four years, reports AGR

After four years of significant growth, the graduate jobs market has shrunk with the number of vacancies dropping 8% year-on-year – says a report from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR). 

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First Cohort of Placement Students achieve unique Graduate Output Profile

Sixteen science industry Placement students have now received a respected certificate from science industry assessment body SIAS.

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SIP Membership will ensure maximum return on Apprenticeship Levy

The SIP is working to make sure the Apprenticeship levy works effectively for companies in the sector, in order to ensure maximum value and return from any levy contribution.  

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Consultation on the Scottish Government Response to the introduction of the UK Apprenticeship Levy

Employers can have their say on how Scotland should use its share of the funding from the UK Government’s apprenticeship levy.

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Government launches English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision

The government has launched its 2020 Vision for Apprenticeships which outlines the government’s plan for:

  • increasing the quality and quantity of apprenticeships
  • achieving 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 
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Modular Masters programme offers multiple pathways to innovation

In 2015, the SIP, Cogent Skills and Senior Academics from the University of Birmingham collaborated on a brand new Modular Masters in Formulation Science and Technology. 

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FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies experience of using the Gold Standard

Chris Mullen, Skills Development Lead at FUJIFILM and SIP Board member has authored a blog about the company’s experience with Gold Standard Technician strand of the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) Workforce Development programme.

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SIAS gets set to assess apprenticeships

During its first year SIAS has made great progress; achievements include the first registrations of apprenticeships, development and piloting of assessments and excellent working with the employer Trailblazer Group on standards and assessment, while having direct influence to government. 

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SIP to table Brexit Statement

What will Brexit means for science employers?

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SIP workshops help UK employers get up to speed on the Apprenticeship Levy

Employers are being invited to find out how the levy will affect their organisation through a series of SIP Apprenticeship levy workshops around the UK.

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First ever training standard for "Responsible Person" role supported by MHRA

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is now seeing greater appreciation among pharmaceutical sector companies of the skills required for the essential "Responsible Person" role named on a WDA (Wholesale Distribution Authorisation).

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SIP submits EOI for Degree Apprenticeship Standard – Science Industry Engineer

The SIP Life Sciences & Industrial Science Trailblazer Group has recently submitted an Expression of Interest for a Degree Apprenticeship Standard for Science Industry Process/Plant Engineer 

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SIP Employer Ownership has led to a transformational approach

The SIP has published its considerable achievements two years on. 

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SIP Chair in ongoing Levy dialogue with Skills Minister

Malcolm Skingle, the SIP’s Chair recently met with Skills Minister Nick Boles, along with the other Industrial Partnership Chairs, on the subject of the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy.

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SABIC Trailblazing to a Skilled Future

The new Trailblazer apprenticeships are bringing a new approach which will play an important part in helping to ensure a successful future for the UK’s chemical industry. This is the view of Craig Hargreaves, Senior Trainer Maintenance Services at SABIC, the North East-based chemicals manufacturer.

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Universities and small businesses lose out by not working together says report

Universities and small businesses have much to offer each other – but can’t always see beyond their biases - according to a report launched by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

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SIP set to secure 1300 apprentices in 18 months

The SIP has proven to be an excellent model for delivering the vocational skills the science industries require and is already building on this momentum.

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SIP goes local

The SIP North East Regional Working Group had its 6th Meeting in Durham at the end of November attracting 25 employers and stakeholders from the local area.  

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SIP STEM Careers team attend the Skills Show

The SIP careers team attended the hugely popular Skills Show with the electronic interactive careers resources, promoting STEM careers to thousands of young people – over 75,000 attend the event.  

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Be part of the SIP Community

The Science Industry Partnership for skills is a growing community of members that have pressing skills needs in common – from science apprenticeships to high level technical skills.

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HRH The Princess Royal opens Leeds headquarters of national campaign to get more women into engineering

On Monday 8 February, industry and education will gather at Leeds College of Building to welcome WISE, experts on increasing gender balance in science, technology and engineering in the UK, to their new office in the College.

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Victrex: the power of collaboration through SIP

Victrex, a world Leader in high performance polymer solutions, is a committed member of the SIP.  In 2013, Victrex achieved a top 10 position in a survey of the most admired companies in the UK, backed by its commitment to sustainability, innovation and employee development – including apprenticeships.

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Getting Levy Ready through SIP Membership

The Government’s Apprenticeship levy, which will be collected from employers with a payroll bill greater than £3m at a rate of 0.5%, comes into effect in April 2017 (and the first payment from employers will be taken that month).

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SIAS sees 150 Apprentice Registrations for Apprenticeship End Assessment

SIAS sees 150 Apprentice Registrations for Apprenticeship End Assessment 

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Science Industry Partnership sets out views on Apprenticeship levy

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) of leading employers has expressed its support for the Government’s ambition to create three million additional high quality Apprenticeships

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UKCES' Employer Perspectives Survey 2016 now underway

UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has launched the fieldwork for the 2016 Employer Perspectives Survey. The results will inform Government policy. 

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170 SIP Ambassadors registered to inform and inspire more young people into STEM

Over 170 Science Industry Partnership (SIP) Ambassadors have now registered to encourage students to continue studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and inspire them to consider a career in science, exceeding all targets.

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Government asks FE sector: what should we do with functional skills?

Further education has been asked to share its views on digital skills and technology and qualifications.

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SIP Apprenticeship Levy Update

The SIP has refreshed its Apprenticeship levy Guide following new information from Government.

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SIP Skills Strategy shows demand for 200,000 jobs in the science industries by 2025

SIP has published its first SIP Skills Strategy, based on a major research exercise into the skills required through to 2025 in order to ensure a globally competitive science industry sector.

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Experts call on employers to address STEM skills shortages – reviews published

Two eminent British academics have published their recommendations to improve the job prospects of graduates in STEM degrees.

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Sally Collier's inaugural speech as Chief Regulator of Ofqual

The new Chief Regulator has made her first speech in the role.

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Scottish Labour Market Strategy Published

The Scottish Government has said that Scotland’s Labour Market Strategy is a top priority and has therefore been delivered within the first 100 days of the new Government.

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Apprenticeship standards: changes to approval process

The Government has made some changes to the way in which it assesses and approves bids from employer groups to develop new apprenticeships 

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SIP members join forces on science industry skills

The Science Industry Partnership is growing in influence and reach, and is taking direct responsibility for sectoral ambition on skills. 

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Science Industry Partnership backs major national campaign on Apprenticeships

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) applauds Government investment in a new high profile campaign which sees Apprentices starring in national adverts that encourage young people to start their career by choosing an apprenticeship.

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SDS takes over National Occupational Standards database.

Skills Development Scotland is set to take on the management of the database for UK-wide occupational standards.

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Thousands of apprentices to take part in major pay study

The 2016 Apprenticeship Pay Survey is an important research project providing information on training, hours and pay from current apprentices.

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MPs back widening role of new Careers & Enterprise Company

An MPs’ report has called for the Government to consult on handing over control of the National Careers Service (NCS) to the new Careers & Enterprise Company. 

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SIP Member Newsflash - Shadow CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships appointed

Shadow CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships appointed


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Report explores Socio-Economic Diversity in Life Sciences

The Social Mobility Commission has produced a detailed research report looking a socio-economic diversity in life sciences.

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Review of Scottish enterprise and skills agencies

A review of Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies will be taken forward as an early priority

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Join the SIP to maximise your company’s Apprenticeship levy contribution

The SIP is committed to making sure the Apprenticeship levy works effectively for companies in the sector, so they get maximum value and return from any levy contribution

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HE and Research Bill to deliver choice and opportunity for students

The government has published its Higher Education and Research Bill, introducing new legislation to give more young people the opportunity to access high-quality university education and boost life chances and opportunity for all.

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Pfizer’s Adam Gymer receives major apprentice accolade

Adam Gymer from Pfizer has been made Chemical Sciences Apprentice of the Year at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Industry and Technology Awards.

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Antony Jenkins appointed as shadow chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships

Antony Jenkins has been appointed to the role of shadow chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships - the new independent, employer-led organisation established to support the Government’s plan to create 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020.

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£45m EU-backed investment to raise skills across South Wales

A £45m EU-backed investment to raise skills and improve career prospects across South Wales has been announced

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Inside track of a SIP Careers Ambassador

Rebecca Jackson, Director, Pharmaceutical Sciences at Pfizer, has been working with local schools to inspire pupils about science pathways via the SIP Ambassador programme.

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SIP Chair Malcolm Skingle BIA guest blog

Read Malcolm Skingle, SIP Chair, BIA guest blog - Collaboration between industry & education set to future-proof the scientific workforce

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Nominate A Science Industry Partnership Ambassador

If you want to inspire, inform and influence young people in your area to consider the opportunities that a career in science can deliver, then register employees to become SIP Ambassadors and start making a difference today

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What makes for good Standards in Apprenticeships?

In March Ofqual presented a useful update on Standards in Apprenticeships today.

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Northern Ireland strategy for Careers Education and Guidance launched

Northern Ireland Executive have launched ‘Preparing for Success 2015-2020 – A Strategy for Careers Education and Guidance’.

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Wales Manifesto Round-up

Round up of the latest published Wales Manifesto

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Science Industry Partnership welcomes Government’s Post 16 Skills Plan to overhaul Technical Education

The UK’s leading employer forum for skills in the science industries, the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) has welcomed the Government’s response to Lord Sainsbury’s recommendations on technical education, as set out in its Post 16 Skills Plan

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Post-16 Sainsbury Technical Education Plan unveiled by Skills Minister

A major Report into Technical Education by an independent panel, chaired by Lord Sainsbury, has recommended simplifying the current system so technical education is provided through 15 high-quality routes, with standards being set by employers.

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Apprenticeship Levy April Update

The Government published a new Guide to the Apprenticeship levy; they will also publish further guidance on the levy in June, October and December of this year. 

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Degree apprenticeships have potential to fill skills gaps

New degree apprenticeships have the potential to help fill skills gaps and meet employers’ needs, according to a report from Universities UK (UUK).

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SIP statement on Post 16 Plan

The SIP has published a statement which welcomed the Government’s response to Lord Sainsbury’s recommendations on technical education, as set out in its Post 16 Skills Plan.

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Full list of BEIS appointments

The full list of ministerial responsibilities in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) was confirmed earlier this month.

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Employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices aged under 25 years have been abolished

It is now better value for employers to take on young apprentices

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Graduate recruitment slows down as apprenticeships take off

Growth in graduate recruitment has slowed while the number of apprenticeship vacancies has shot up, new research suggests.

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New single departmental plans set out priorities

Each central government department, including BIS, has published their plan for how they will deliver the government’s priorities and manifesto commitments.

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SIP Skills Strategy

The publication of  the SIP Skills Strategy is the result of the SIP working right across the sector with many partner contributions.

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UKCES appoints new CEO

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has appointed Ian Kinder as its new Chief Executive.

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SIP responds to inquiry on Apprenticeships

The Science Industry Partnership is submitting written evidence in response to the inquiry launched by The Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy.

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Government publishes new guidance on the Apprenticeship levy: how it will work

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has today published new Guidance -Apprenticeship levy: how it will work

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BIS Director of Apprenticeships provides policy update to SIP Board

David Hill, Director of Apprenticeships, BIS provided an update on latest policy thinking around skills at the most recent SIP Board meeting at the end of February.

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SIP Chair feedback from Levy Consultation with Skills Minister

On February 8th, Malcolm Skingle attended the IP Chairs six weekly discussion with Nick Boles, Skills Minister. 

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Select Committee says productivity plan needs more measurable objectives

The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has published its report TheGovernment’s Productivity Plan Second Report of Session 2015–16.

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Employer Skills Survey Wales published

Welsh Minister for Skills and Science Julie James has welcomed the publication of the Employer Skills Survey (ESS) 2015 – stating it shows employer investment in skills has grown faster in Wales than in the other UK nations. 

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Apprenticeship Levy - draft legislation published

While the Apprenticeship Levy doesn’t come into effect until April 2017, the initial legislative framework to introduce it will be included in this year’s Finance Bill

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SIP set to respond to Apprenticeships inquiry

The Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy has also launched an inquiry on apprenticeships.  The Science Industry Partnership is collating a response.

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New National Living Wage

From 1 April 2016 workers in the UK aged over 25 earning the minimum rate of £6.70 per hour will see a 50p increase. 

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SABIC’s Teesside Site Supports SIAS the new Assessment Body for Apprenticeships

Christine Sakhardande, Head of the Science Industry Assessment Service (SIAS), has visited SABIC UK Petrochemicals on Teesside in preparation for assessing the new Standards for Apprenticeships.

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Institute for Apprenticeships: Enterprise Bill factsheet

This new Government factsheet outlines the measures that will be included in the Enterprise Bill

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Education Secretary selects new Ofqual Chief Regulator

The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan has written to the Education Select Committee recommending Sally Collier as the preferred candidate for the post of Ofqual Chief Regulator.

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Funding to grow Greater Manchester’s Science-based Apprenticeships

New Economy Manchester has awarded Cogent Skills £200,000 infrastructure funding from the City Deal Fund to deliver a project on behalf of the Science Sector, which will see 300 new Laboratory Technician Apprenticeships in Greater Manchester over the next 2 years.

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SIP Membership will ensure maximum return on Apprenticeship Levy

The SIP is working to make sure the Apprenticeship levy works effectively for companies in the sector, in order to ensure maximum value and return from any levy contribution.  A key benefit of SIP membership means getting at least back what is contributed to the levy pot.

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SIP Member Summary on the Budget 2016: skills and education

Chancellor George Osborne has set out the Conservative Government’s 2016 budget; while the Chancellor only very briefly mentioned the Apprenticeship Levy in his Commons speech on television, the more detailed full budget report announced that employers will receive a 10 per cent top-up to their monthly levy contributions. 

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Skills shortages highlighted in UKCES Employer Skills Survey

UKCES research shows that the modest economic growth of the past four years has been met by an unprecedented shortage of skills in certain sectors, leaving thousands of vacancies unfilled.

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New Science Industry Assessment Service (SIAS) launched

Today sees the launch of SIAS, a brand new organisation offering an independent assessment service for science industry Apprenticeships. 

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Shadow CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships appointed

Rachel Sandby-Thomas CB has been appointed to the role of Shadow CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

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BIS publishes Guidance for trailblazers

This new publication explains how to develop new apprenticeships in England, from bidding to develop a standard to preparing for the standard to be used.

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Full Bid to establish a Science Industry Partnership submitted to UKCES

A full Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot (EOP)* bid for a Science Industry Partnership (SIP), registered by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), has now been submitted to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) in line with the 21st October deadline.

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Welcome to the SIP Bulletin Q6

The SIP Bulletin is designed to keep you informed about the overall performance of the employer-led Science Industry Partnership (SIP) and associated training and education programmes.

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Devolved Administrations

A skills round-up from the Devolved Administrations

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Skills investment in science sector SMEs is building competitive advantage – programme evaluation reveals

Science industry SMEs’ take-up of training and development through the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) is having a high impact on business performance, according to the latest figures.

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Figures show skills shortage afflicting industrial and life sciences now at risk of getting worse without action

The imbalance in the age groups of UK science sector employees and a shortage of essential skills is set to become more challenging unless companies start investing now in new talent and skills.

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Apprenticeship Levy must be sector-led says Science Industry Partnership (SIP)

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) has responded to the Government’s recent consultation on the Apprenticeship Levy, announced this year as part of its strategy to fund 3 million Apprenticeships.

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MAC publishes recommendations to tighten skilled worker visa route - Immigration Skills Levy Expected

A new £1,000-a-year immigration skills levy is “expected to be introduced” on all firms for each skilled migrant they recruit from outside Europe.

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Employers to lead the creation of a new Science Industry Partnership

UK employers are driving skills in the sector, through the establishment of a new Science Industry Partnership which has already signed up over 50 companies across the science-based economy including GSK, Sembcorp Utilities, RPC Containers, Lotte Chemical UK, Ineos, SABIC UK Petrochemicals, Pentagon Chemicals, Chemoxy International, Huntsman Polyurethanes, HellermannTyton, Mexichem Fluor, Simon Storage Ltd, Robinson Brothers and Victrex. more information >

‘Berlin Wall’ between vocational and academic education crumbling

A new report from the Social Market Foundation has found that the ‘Berlin Wall’ between vocational and academic education is crumbling, with the number of pupils who “do not qualify for Free School Meals” taking a vocational course increasing threefold over the last decade

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Welcome to the SIP Bulletin - End of Year One Special

The SIP Bulletin is designed to keep you informed about the overall performance of the employer-led Science Industry Partnership (SIP) and associated training and education programmes.

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Report on Industrial Partnerships showcases power of collaboration

The UKCES has published Employer Ownership of Skills: Testing the power of collaborative approaches through industrial partnerships.

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Levy Proposal submitted to Minister for Life Sciences

The SIP, represented by Chair Malcolm Skingle, has put forward a proposal to George Freeman, Minister for Life Sciences, on the role a SIP Group Apprenticeship Scheme(s) could play to ensure successful implementation of the Apprenticeship levy in the science industries.

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SIP Chair attends the launch of the Apprentice Delivery Board

The Prime Minister has announced that a new Apprenticeship Delivery Board will be established, bringing together some of the country’s leading businesses. 

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Removal of a number of Apprenticeship frameworks in the move towards standards

Today, more than 1,300 employers are involved in industry- led trailblazers groups, developing new employer-led apprenticeship standards, which will eventually replace the current apprenticeship frameworks as confirmed in English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision.

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The Science Industry Partnership – One Year On

The Science Industry Partnership Board of employers has now reported on the first year of the SIP. This short summary sets out the achievements so far, and what we can expect in Year 2 and beyond.

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Co-funding available through the SIP for Apprenticeships until March 2016

The SIP Board are urging organisations not yet participating in the skills initiative to start the process in this new financial year, as
co-funding available via  the SIP pilot will end in March 2016.

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Minister for Life Sciences Champions medical Research

George Freeman, Minister for Life Sciences recently delivered the keynote speeches at the annual meeting of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and the Faster Cures Summit. 

 

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Research set to assess skills needs in Industrial Biotechnology and Life Sciences

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Welcome to the SIP Bulletin - Q3

We continue to showcase the results of the Science Industry Partnership investment in skills, which totals £52m when Government investment and employer cash investment is combined.

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Science Industry Partnership (SIP) marks one year of science employers addressing skills development in the science industries

The science industries’ £52m skills and talent initiative, the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) – facilitated by Cogent Skills – has surpassed 2,000 new people being trained as the initiative reaches its first anniversary this month.

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UK science-using employers are leading the way on skills through the development of a Science Industry Partnership.

The new Partnership has already signed up around 50 employers: some of the first to become engaged include – GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Amgen, MedImmune, Fujifilm Diosynth, Ineos, Victrex, Takeda Cambridge and Pentagon Chemicals. more information >

ABHI and Medilink UK to support medical technology sector in proposed Science Industry Partnership:

ABHI and Medilink UK to support medical technology sector in proposed Science Industry Partnership:

The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and Medilink UK, the national health technology business support organisation, will together assist the UK medical technology sector within the proposed, employer-led, Science Industry Partnership (SIP). The SIP will provide employer leadership on skills. more information >

Outline bid submitted for proposed Science Industry Partnership

An outline bid for a Science Industry Partnership (SIP) was registered by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and submitted to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) in line with the 28th March deadline. This would see a newly formed Science Industry Partnership (SIP) commissioning co-invested skills solutions, aimed at ensuring the UK has the scientists of the future. more information >

New National Mentoring Campaign

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a “new generation of high-flying mentors” will be created to help struggling teenagers fulfil their potential and improve their life chances. 

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Minister celebrates dramatic growth in apprenticeships

Addressing the House of Commons ahead of this week’s National Apprenticeship Week, Minister Nick Boles celebrated apprentices as one of the great successes of the decade.

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Funding to grow Greater Manchester’s Science-based Apprenticeships

New Economy Manchester has awarded Cogent Skills £200,000 from the City Deal Fund to deliver a project on behalf of the Science Sector, which will see 300 new Laboratory Technician Apprenticeships in Greater Manchester.

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Consultation launched into STEM education and training

A draft strategy on the future of education and training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has been published for consultation. 

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NI employers should be ready for apprenticeship levy

Vincent Adams, senior tax manager at EY has stated that Northern Ireland employers are seeking further clarity on the levy allocation.

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Alun Cairns celebrates the success of Welsh apprenticeships

Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP addressed apprentices at the GE Aviation Apprenticeship Graduation.

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Response to Scottish consultation on the levy

The Scottish Government consultation with businesses, industry and stakeholders on the best use of the apprenticeship levy in Scotland closed on 26 August. 

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Setting the Standards into 2017

In late 2015 Lord Sainsbury was asked by Government to chair a panel of experts that would provide clear recommendations for measures that would not only improve, but transform, technical education in England. 

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Science Industry Partnership responds to the Prime Minister's Brexit speech

SIP has commented on the Prime Minister’s speech setting out the Government’s twelve negotiating objectives for exiting the EU.

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Scottish Government Response to the UK Government Apprenticeship Levy

The Scottish Government has set out its response to the UK Government Apprenticeship Levy.

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New National Network of Excellence for Science and Technology for Wales

Welsh Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced that the new network will target the improvement of teachers’ skills in science and technology and improve pupils’ experience of the subjects while they are at school.

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Welsh Skills Minister outlines plans for aligning Apprenticeships to the needs of Welsh Economy

Aim is to create minimum of 100,000 high quality apprentices in Wales.

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Institute for Apprenticeships board members announced

Full details of how the Institute for Apprenticeships will operate have been set out in an operational plan for consultation alongside the names of 8 members of the board appointed to run the institute.

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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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