Science Industry Partnership

Benefits & How to Join

Benefits & Fees

SIP membership brings members together to collectively  identify and address the skills challenges the sector faces, including the need for up to 250,000 new entrants into the sector through to 2025, many in highly technical and skills shortage occupations. SIP members recognise that a successful education and skills system is absolutely crucial to the sector’s economic future.

In becoming a member you will be joining with other employers to have a powerful voice to ensure a better deal and value from the skills system.

You can influence skills initiatives including shaping and getting what you need from the apprenticeship levy, the post-16 skills landscape, Standards development and outreach to schools.

SIP Members will also get priority access to a range of skills services provided through Cogent Skills. A dedicated Member Manager will advise and work with individual member companies to maximise value to employers from these available services.

These services have been designed to free up employer internal resources, provide increased value and be delivered at member rates. Every type of organisation in the science industries can become a SIP member.

Membership Benefits

As a SIP Member you will:

  • Have a dedicated Member Manager providing membership and skills support
  • Have an agreed company membership plan to maximise your use of SIP membership
  • Have minimum of 2 meetings/annum with your Member Manager (one of which will be face-to-face )
  • Receive quarterly updates directly from your Member Manager (including SIP activity and progress versus the SIP Operational Plan, Board updates, Skills Policy news, Standards development update)
  • Receive 12 SIP Newsletters per annum
  • Free access to 4 webinars per annum on new/topical skills areas
  • Receive the SIP Operational Plan
  • Be invited to join SIP Board – dependent on membership fee level
  • Be invited to join SIP working groups themed around skills priorities (which includes engaging with other members and stakeholders to set new Apprenticeship Standards up to Degree Level)
  • Be invited to contribute to the work of the Board and Working Groups through regular consultation and feedback mechanisms.
  • Be able to take advantage of free SIP Ambassador training (for up to xx Ambassadors) and the SIP career resources
  • Be able to take advantage of complimentary membership days to support your skills ambitions (number pro rata your membership fee).  These can be used for:
    • Apprenticeship Scoping: looking at how you might use the Apprenticeship Levy/ available Government funding across your organisation.
    • Organisational Needs Analysis (ONA): a structured dialogue to establish the overall training and skills requirements of your organisation.
    • Occupational Mapping: mapping your company roles into the sector’s Occupational Map.
    • STEM Outreach: support for your local careers outreach activities with a range of interactive classroom materials and training.
    • Member Manager Support day: a two way discussion about maximising membership, prioritising initiatives that will support member’s skills ambition and deliver maximum value .
  • Receive a discount on Cogent Skills Services products - up to 10% discount  

Additionally, you will have access to:

  • the SIP Membership Support Desk
  • expert skills advice and levy information
  • the science sector Occupational Map to support Standards development
  • a dedicated science apprenticeship end-assessment service (SIAS)
  • the network of companies in the SIP community
  • SIP Technical Publications and Research e.g. Guide to the Apprenticeship Levy
  • a dedicated website
  • SIP events


You can either return a completed application form to the Membership Desk or alternatively you can contact the SIP Membership Desk who will take you through all the benefits and discounts SIP Membership will bring to your organisation.

After we have received your completed application form you will be allocated a dedicated Membership Manager who will ensure you receive the maximum benefits from membership and who will set up regular update meetings.  


SIP Membership Fees

Size of Company*


1000+ employees      

£25,000 + vat

 750+ employers

£20,000 + vat

500+ employees     

£15,000 + vat

250+ employees     

£10,000 + vat

Over 100 employees

£5,000 + vat

Under 100 employees

£1,000 + vat

Under 50 employees

£500 + vat

*based on numbers of UK staff       


If you would like any more information about SIP Membership, please contact the membership team on:

T. 01925 515220
A.  SIP Membership Desk. Cogent Skills, 5 Mandarin Court, Centre Park, Warrington, WA1 1GG