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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 …


MAC Shortage Occupation List published – includes biological scientists and biochemists

31 May 2019

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published a full review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), recommending that Standard Occupational Classification code 2112 (biological scientists and bi…More …


Review into post-18 education and funding released

30 May 2019

The review into post-18 education and funding has been released today, with the publication of a 216-page report. Speaking at the publication of the review's findings, the prime minister emphasised th…More …


More support to help employers offer T Level industry placements

24 May 2019

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an update on its planning for T Level industry placements, based on feedback and trialling to date. It includes a new package of measures to support em…More …


Royal Society of Biology publishes revised accreditation criteria

17 May 2019

The Royal Society of Biology has recently undertaken a quinquennial review of the accreditation criteria. Accreditation by the RSB recognises and supports the advancement of skills and education in th…More …


Calling all industry experts!

08 May 2019

Applications are now open for Membership of the 15 occupational IFaTE Route Panels, the panels applicable to SIP are Health & Science and Engineering & Manufacturing.  The 15 Route Panels rep…More …


SIP attends ABPI Annual Conference & Dinner 2019

03 May 2019

The Science Industry Partnership took a stand at the important annual event, which was themed Enhancing a Life Sciences powerhouse in a post-Brexit world. Key themes focused on how the UK can enhance…More …


2030 Skills Strategy: getting fit for the future

02 May 2019

The SIP’s Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy work, in conjunction with the Office for Life Sciences (OLS), ABPI and BIA is now underway under the leadership of Alex Felthouse, Managing Director, Eisai…More …


SIP Board agrees Business Plan

02 May 2019

At the February Board the SIP agreed the Business Plan for 2019.  A new vison and objectives were agreed as follows: SIP VisionEmployers working in partnership with government to establish the skills…More …


Science sector bucks the trend on apprenticeships

02 May 2019

The SIP continues to monitor the uptake of science industry apprenticeships, and this is a key indicator in the SIP’s operational plan. The Sector continues to see growing numbers, and we can now see…More …


The Science of Apprenticeships at AstraZeneca in Cambridge: Blog by Georgia Cresswell

02 May 2019

“Earlier this week all the AstraZeneca apprentices and their managers from all areas of the business got together for a jam-packed day to celebrate apprenticeships. “The day brought together apprenti…More …


SIP Chair gives insights into tackling the STEM skills gap and shares GSK experience

02 May 2019

At the end of last year, SIP Chair Dr Malcolm Skingle set out his views at the Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar; next steps for tackling STEM skills gaps - widening participation, im…More …


SIP Standards Update

02 May 2019

The SIP facilitated Life Science and Industrial Science Trailblazer (LSIS) continues to make excellent progress. The Life Science and Industrial Science Trailblazer (LSIS) has achieved approval for…More …


SIP Process Industries (SIPPI) sets out its work for 2019

02 May 2019

SIPPI, the SIP’s process industry strategic forum, held a successful meeting in February; discussions regarding the sign-posting/coordinating role that SIPPI has agreed to take on are continuing with…More …


Devolved Nations NOS developed

02 May 2019

SIP also supports National Occupation Standards (NOS), Apprenticeship framework and qualifications development in the devolved nations, important for members with sites in these locations.  The portf…More …


SIP Members get on board with SIP Ambassador Training

02 May 2019

The SIP Ambassador scheme continues to gain fantastic momentum. This last quarter has seen a further 59 ambassadors register taking the total to 493. Successful training sessions took place in the No…More …


SIP Ambassador materials get a revamp

02 May 2019

The SIP Ambassador resources: Futures in Science have been given an exciting facelift. They have been updated and rebranded to make them more relevant to young people and the science curriculum as wel…More …


SIP Webinar: Introducing the SIP Ambassador Scheme, 14 June, 12.30-1.30pm

02 May 2019

We would like to invite you to a dedicated webinar to introduce and update you on our SIP Ambassador Programme. The programme was set up to inspire and engage young people into careers within the scie…More …


Levy Usage starts to increase

02 May 2019

Levy paying employers used 22 per cent of their apprenticeship levy funds in the 12 months to the end of January 2019 – a fourfold increase from the 5 per cent drawn down in the first nine months of t…More …


The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education publishes business plan for 2019/2020

02 May 2019

The IfATE set out a number of objectives and performance indicators for each of their major work areas: Technical Education Apprenticeship Standards Quality Relationships People Influence  …More …


Plans launched to boost digital “functional” skills for adults

02 May 2019

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton unveils new qualifications based on rigorous national standards to give adults the digital skills they need. Research shows that digital skills have be…More …


Spring Statement Education and Skills

02 May 2019

The 10-per-cent co-investment fee that small businesses must pay when they take on apprentices was halved from April 1. Levy-paying employers are now able to share more levy funds across their supply…More …


Inquiry on the Apprenticeships Programme

02 May 2019

The Public Accounts Committee has launched a new inquiry on the apprenticeship programme titled The Apprenticeships programme: progress review inquiry. This session was held on 25th March. It was st…More …


Guidance: apprenticeships recognition of prior learning

02 May 2019

DfE have published new guidance for training providers, employers and apprentices about the need for, and importance of, recognition of prior learning. The apprenticeship funding rules state that the…More …


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