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Explore your Member Services

10 Dec 2019

A reminder that members can take up a range of services via their company membership, and we have now produced product sheets for these activities. These can be downloaded via the website. These serv…More …


SIP Liverpool Plus holds its first meeting

10 Dec 2019

Members of the new SIP Liverpool Plus group met on 20th November, providing an important new employer-led skills forum in the region and supporting delivery of the Local Industrial Strategy. Companies…More …


SIP North East

10 Dec 2019

The SIP North East group met in Darlington in November. The meeting was well attended with representatives from Fujifilm, CPI, Johnson Matthey, Polymer Compounders, Lotte, ConocoPhillips and SABIC and…More …


SIP Cambridge

10 Dec 2019

SIP Cambridge is looking to establish a Science Industry Apprenticeship Consortium (SIAC) in Cambridge. This is likely in the first instance to focus on an Apprenticeship in Digital Skills, a skills g…More …


Standards Update

10 Dec 2019

The proposal to develop a level 7 Clinical Pharmacology Scientist has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE), the Life Science and Industrial Science Trailb…More …


IfATE Engineering & Manufacturing Route Review: please help to maintain the Standards

10 Dec 2019

The much anticipated Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) Engineering and Manufacturing Route Review has now been announced.  This major review will look at the Route’s Occupa…More …


Introduction to T Levels Webinar

10 Dec 2019

SIP Standards Manager, Helen Davies presented a helpful half hour webinar all about T Levels in October. T Levels have been developed in collaboration with employers, so that the content meets the ne…More …


SIP Process Industries (SIPPI) – covering the skills needs of COMAH sites

10 Dec 2019

SIPPI members have begun the process of considering the effectiveness of Competence Management Systems (CMS) beginning with a discussion of individual member experiences, how satisfactory they are and…More …


Another successful year for the SIP Ambassador programme

10 Dec 2019

It has been another successful year for the SIP Ambassador programme. Our target for the end of the 2019 was to have 500 SIP Ambassadors, we now have network of over 620! This quarter has seen trainin…More …


Chemistry Council Sector Deal Proposal

09 Dec 2019

The Proposed Sector Deal recognises the importance of innovation and ensuring the value created by innovation is realised in the UK through inward investment in manufacturing and new jobs. People/Skil…More …


Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy set for House of Commons Launch

09 Dec 2019

The SIP Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy, a deliverable of the Sector Deal 2, has been a significant piece of work throughout 2019, working with a range of partners, including all the members of the…More …


Life Sciences Apprentice Highly Commended at #AppAwards19

28 Nov 2019

The SIP is delighted to celebrate life sciences apprentice Jessie Stow at last night’s Apprenticeship Awards! Jessie is a Cogent Skills apprentice with Astex Pharmaceuticals. Jessie was highly commen…More …


New measures to back business, boost innovation and supercharge UK science

09 Oct 2019

The government has unveiled plans to drive jobs, skills, and opportunity across the whole of the UK. Andrea Leadsom, The Business and Energy Secretary has announced a package of new measures to suppo…More …


T Level campaign launches to help accelerate young people to ‘NexT Level’

07 Oct 2019

With just a year to go before the first T Levels are taught, the Government has ramped up its preparations by launching a nationwide campaign so that young people can take advantage of these pioneerin…More …


New measures announced to help boost the nation’s skills

01 Oct 2019

New measures will support ongoing work to transform technical education including up to £120 million to establish 8 more Institutes of Technology. Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, announced a s…More …


National STEM champions win European prize

27 Sep 2019

The GSK UK Young Engineers of the Year won The Bulgarian Summer Research School Award at EUCYS (EU Contest for Young Scientists).  Grace Lord, Brendan Miralles, and Aalia Sellar showed off their 'Mus…More …


State of the Nation 2019 Report

25 Sep 2019

State of the Nation 2019 report from the Careers & Enterprise Company was released this week. The reports represents the most comprenhensive evaluation of careers education in England.  The main…More …


Wellcome Survey: Research culture - let's reimagine how we work together

23 Sep 2019

Wellcome has launched a project around “reimagining research”. The challenge to the science community is to help to ‘reimagine expectations around how research is conducted’ to create a culture that:…More …


Spending Round 2019

05 Sep 2019

On 4th September, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the 2019 Spending Round, showing an overall real terms increase of 4.1% in public spending. This concentrated mainly on departments’ day-to-…More …


Chancellor announces £400 million investment for 16-19 year olds’ education

02 Sep 2019

Providers of 16-19 education such as further education and sixth form colleges will receive £400 million additional funding.  Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “As former FE students, the C…More …


The STEM Inspiration Awards

12 Aug 2019

The 2019 STEM Inspiration Awards are now open for applications. Do you know a STEM Ambassador whose enthusiasm for their subject is infectious? A unique STEM Club working in the community, or an outs…More …


SIP sets out its position on Apprenticeships

22 Jul 2019

Members of the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) are committed to apprenticeships as having a significant role in boosting skills in the sector and in turn increasing productivity and competitiveness…More …


SIP Ambassador Programme continues to expand

22 Jul 2019

The SIP Ambassador programme continues to expand; we now have 507 registered SIP Ambassadors meaning an increase of 22% in the first five months of 2019.  Training sessions have been held at AstraZen…More …


SIP Ambassador Webinar introduces the programme

22 Jul 2019

A popular Member Webinar on the SIP Ambassador programme was delivered in June. It introduced and updated delegates on the SIP Ambassador Programme. The programme was set up to inspire and engage youn…More …


SIP Apprenticeship Standards Update

22 Jul 2019

The SIP facilitated Life Science and Industrial Science Trailblazer (LSIS) continues to make good progress. The Level 7 Research Scientist Standard has now been approved by the Government at a fund…More …


SIP Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy Workshop

22 Jul 2019

In May the SIP held a 2030 Skills Strategy Workshop “Understanding the Skills Needs of the Future Life Sciences Workforce”. The session was Chaired by Alex Felthouse, Chair of the SIP Futures Group,…More …


SIP Futures’ Chair sets out 2030 Life Sciences Skills Strategy at MMIP Conference

22 Jul 2019

The SIP 2030 Life Sciences Skills Strategy was showcased at the Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP) Annual Conference which took place in Sandwich on 20th June. Hosted by Pfizer at the…More …


Exploring the life sciences skills gap in Pharmafield Magazine

22 Jul 2019

Chair of SIP Futures, Alex Felthouse, explores how big data and informatics will underpin the future success of the life sciences sector, setting out the role of the Life Sciences 2030 Strategy in clo…More …


UCB: Meeting the Skills Challenge

22 Jul 2019

SIP Member UCB has recently provided a comprehensive case study on its approach to skills and building talent. UCB provides opportunities for scores of budding scientists to develop their careers. The…More …


T Levels: The NexT Level branding

22 Jul 2019

With the introduction of T Levels just around the corner, new DfE branding has now been unveiled to stakeholders and providers ahead of the official launch of T Levels in 2020. The launch is the first…More …


Research shows traineeships help young people to access jobs and further study

22 Jul 2019

Traineeships are successfully supporting more young people into employment, an apprenticeship or further study, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton announced. Traineeships are a flexible…More …


Proposals launched to boost the quality and uptake of Higher Technical Qualifications

22 Jul 2019

Opaque and “misunderstood” Level 4 and 5 qualifications are being renamed and revamped under plans unveiled by Education Secretary Damian Hinds. Level 4 and 5 qualifications – lesser known qualificat…More …


Scotland’s agencies to direct £2bn budget into creating a more agile skills system

22 Jul 2019

In their new Strategic Plans, national skills body Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the agency that allocates funding to colleges and universities, outline act…More …


New plan focuses on skills needs in south of Scotland

22 Jul 2019

An ambitious plan focusing on the skills needs of people and businesses across the South of Scotland has been launched. It involves a range of partners collaborating to agree a set of actions around…More …


New Scottish Government funding to help migrants have their qualifications recognised

22 Jul 2019

A pilot project to reduce Scotland’s skills gap by formally recognising and accrediting the skills and qualifications of people from overseas is being expanded. The initiative, which is being deliver…More …


Vision for post-16 digital skills developed in Wales

22 Jul 2019

A nationally-agreed vision for post-16 digital skills in Wales, up to the year 2030, has been developed by the Welsh government in partnership with Jisc (which is the UK higher, further education and…More …


SIP Chair highlights the Power of the Sector in NCUB Report

19 Jul 2019

Malcolm Skingle has recently contributed to the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) State of the Nation report which summarises university - business collaboration across the UK – wit…More …


SIP North East Members share best practice and experience

19 Jul 2019

Members of SIP North east continue to work collaboratively and share best practice. At the July meeting chaired by Matt Bradshaw of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Tony Flannigan of Johnson Matthe…More …


Astra Zeneca hosts SIP Cambridge evening reception

19 Jul 2019

SIP Cambridge, which took place at Astra Zeneca, Chaired by SIP Board Member and AZ Vice President Jacqui Hall, saw an update on the work of the Trailblazer Group as well as an input from the Institut…More …


Save the date: Liverpool City Region Skills Group launch event 10th October

19 Jul 2019

The SIP has now developed a proposal in conjunction with Liverpool Combined Authority (LCA) for a Liverpool City Region (LCR) Plus Science Industry Skills Group.  This is to establish an employer-led…More …


SIPPI will ensure standards-based approach to competence

19 Jul 2019

The COMAH Strategic Forum (CSF) has now ratified that the SIP Process Industries Group (SIPPI) will take the sign-posting role for Competence.  This important role will have both planned and more res…More …


New CEO for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education announced

16 Jul 2019

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has announced that Jennifer Coupland will be joining as Chief Executive Officer from November this year. Jennifer is currently the Director o…More …


Science Industry Partnership sets out concerns over Post-18 Education Report recommendation to curtail levy use for apprenticeships Level 6 and above

26 Jun 2019

Members of the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) which embraces life and industrial sciences, have responded to the Independent panel report Review of Post-18 Education and Funding. The SIP has said…More …


SIP Members celebrate at CIA Awards

18 Jun 2019

SIP Member GSK (Montrose) has won the CIA Skills Award, which was announced at the Chemical Industry Awards Dinner on 13 June in Liverpool. They were able to illustrate really well how skills activit…More …


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