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An Employer and Professional Body Collaboration

18 Jan 2019

The Trailblazer employers involved in the development of the Research Scientist Apprenticeship Standards (chaired by Robert Watts, Covance), have been collaborating with the Royal Society of Biology,…More …


Kymab receives SIP Ambassador Training

08 Jan 2019

Kymab is a therapeutic antibody company working with partners to provide novel solutions in drug and vaccine development. The company is a member of SIP Cambridge. Andy Gosden - Senior Director, Human…More …


Download SIP Members’ Webinar: Assessing the impact of the Apprenticeship Reforms

08 Jan 2019

In December, this wide-ranging member webinar set out: The current state of apprenticeships in the science sector including uptake, level and gender Use of the apprenticeship levy and its impact on t…More …


SIP Workforce Factsheet presents key data

08 Jan 2019

The SIP has published its regular collation of key facts and figures on the UK science industry workforce, based on the latest available data from the Labour Force Survey and the Higher Education Stat…More …


SIP: looking back, looking ahead

04 Jan 2019

The SIP Board meeting at the end of 2018 focussed of the development an ambitious 2019 SIP Business Plan, together with the new Operational Plan.   Both will be rolled out from April this year. The Bu…More …


SIP to deliver 2030 Skills Strategy as part of Life Science Sector Deal 2

04 Jan 2019

The joint Government Industry Life Sciences Sector Deal 2 has now been published, and it will see the SIP, with key partners including the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and…More …


SIP Artifical Intelligence Workshop unites members on the key issues

04 Jan 2019

In November 2018, the Science Industry Partnership held a workshop as part of its aim to understand how the development of AI-based technologies will impact the skills needs of science industry organi…More …


Apprentices Shine at SIP Survey Launch Events

04 Jan 2019

At the end of 2018, the SIP Apprenticeship Survey was successfully launched through SIP in the regions, at MedImmune in Cambridge and Fujifilm in the North East, with both past and present apprentices…More …


Science Apprenticeship Standards Progress Update

04 Jan 2019

The SIP facilitated Life Science and Industrial Science Trailblazer (LSIS) continues to make excellent progress.  It has achieved approval for the Level 7 Bioinformatics Standard and EPA; final confi…More …


Results from Annual SIP Members’ Survey

04 Jan 2019

19 Members completed the online SIP member survey. The results have informed the SIP Business Plan for 2019, and will see us translating member feedback and contribution to shaping priorities into mea…More …


SIP Process Industries (SIPPI) to take coordinating role on competence

04 Jan 2019

The SIPPI Working Group, a key forum within the SIP, addresses the skills needs of the chemical, petrochemical and petroleum sectors, especially those companies operating high hazard COMAH sites. It i…More …


New Year focus on Apprentice Ambassadors

04 Jan 2019

We have been working closely with member companies and interest in the SIP Ambassador scheme has been growing. The network currently stands at nearly 430 ambassadors and 35 have been have been trained…More …


Chemistry Council launches Strategy for Chemistry Fuelled Growth

04 Jan 2019

The Chemistry Council has now produced its Strategy for delivery of Chemistry Fuelled Growth to the UK economy. Education and skills is identified as a key enabler and the strategy identifies 11 skill…More …


Sector wide emphasis on skills underpins National Bioeconomy Strategy

04 Jan 2019

Government has published its National Bioeconomy strategy to 2030. It notes that timing is critical and that setting a bioeconomy vision now, and then driving a fully supported strategy and action pla…More …


ESFA CEO Eileen Milner gives New Year message

04 Jan 2019

The Education and Skills Funding Agency CEO said in her message:  “More apprenticeship employers are now benefiting using a transformational leading apprenticeship digital service, who were awarded a…More …


IfA reveals high levy spend

04 Jan 2019

Figures revealed by the IfA indicate that in 2019/2020 the Apprenticeship spend will be close to £2.5bn, even if no one starts on an Apprenticeship in that year, which is being reported as a potential…More …


Government announces reforms to Apprenticeship Levy and announces consultation

04 Jan 2019

In the October budget, the government announced a “package of reforms” around apprenticeships. From April it is now allowing employers to invest a quarter of their apprenticeship funds on people worki…More …


Second wave of IfA Funding Reviews

04 Jan 2019

The Institute For Apprentices is reviewing the funding bands for apprenticeships to “allow as many employers as possible to access funding for apprenticeships.” The IfA says its review aims to “identi…More …


Ofsted Annual Report 2017/18

04 Jan 2019

Points of interest made by Ofsted include: The apprenticeship funding reforms introduced in April 2017 have changed the further education (FE) and skills landscape significantly. The number of provid…More …


Damian Hinds’ Speech: 06 December 2018

04 Jan 2019

The Education Secretary set out his plans to get more people into skilled jobs in a keynote speech at Battersea Power Station.  The speech includes many of the key points covered in the T level Action…More …


Welsh Government renew focus on apprenticeships

04 Jan 2019

The Welsh Government has recently issued documents for schools and Local Authorities to support them in delivering relevant Apprenticeships for their workforce, prompted by concerns raised over the ab…More …


Scotland Update

04 Jan 2019

Scottish Government publishes The Scottish Government has recently launched its ‘Delivering for Today, Investing for Tomorrow’ publication governments-programme-scotland-2018-19 it sets out their leg…More …


Consultation on National Occupational Standards for a Bioprocess Engineer

02 Jan 2019

We are seeking your organisation’s comments on the development of National Occupational Standards** (NOS) for a Bioprocess Engineer. Cogent Skills is developing a suite of NOS for a Bioprocess Enginee…More …


Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP) supports Life Sciences 2030 Strategy development and welcomes distinct focus on Medicines Manufacture

07 Dec 2018

The publication of The Sciences Sector Deal 2, a key output from the Government’s Industrial Strategy announced last year, includes the development of a Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy. The announ…More …


Science Industry Partnership welcomes Life Sciences Sector Deal 2 and its role in building a new 2030 Skills Strategy

05 Dec 2018

The Science Industry Partnership of employers (SIP) welcomes today’s publication of  Life Sciences Sector Deal 2, which is a key output from the Government’s Industrial Strategy  announced last year.…More …


Health, science and pharma apprenticeships among top for management, HR support and learning

20 Nov 2018

Apprentices working in health, science and pharma receive among the most management support and learning opportunities. An analysis of post-apprenticeship data captured over five years from more than…More …


Summary of Budget 2018 – business, skills and education

30 Oct 2018

Contribution of small companies to apprenticeship levy to be reduced from 10% to 5%: amounting to a total of £695m package to support apprenticeships £20 million worth of new “skills pilots” announ…More …


Apprenticeship and levy statistics: October 2018

26 Oct 2018

Statistics covering latest monthly apprenticeship starts, apprenticeship service registrations and commitments, and apprenticeship levy information. There have been 369,700 apprenticeship starts repo…More …


First Science Industry Apprenticeship Survey shows sector employers not recovering apprenticeship levy

22 Oct 2018

Strategic sector welcomes Government promise to consult further on levy arrangements The Science Industry Partnership’s (SIP) first ever Apprenticeship Survey, released today, has highlighted that th…More …


Government announces reforms to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy provides people with the skills they need to succeed

02 Oct 2018

The government has announced a package of reforms to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy provides people with the skills they need to succeed. The changes are aimed at providing flexibility for businesses…More …


New National Occupational Standards

01 Oct 2018

Via the SIP skills partner, Cogent ,work continues to be undertaken on National Occupational Standards (NOS) and frameworks/qualifications for the Devolved Nations.   In 2018/19, new NOS will be devel…More …


Conservative conference: Chancellor announces review of apprenticeship levy rules

01 Oct 2018

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced plans for changes to the apprenticeship levy, promising a further review of the system, a move welcomed by the SIP. In his speech to the Conservative party…More …


Replacement Apprenticeship Standards for withdrawn Science Industry Framework

27 Sep 2018

September saw the withdrawal of the following ESFA Apprenticeship Frameworks: Life Science and Chemical Science Professionals Higher ApprenticeshipsProcess Manufacturing Intermediate & Advanced A…More …


Apprenticeship and levy statistics: September 2018

27 Sep 2018

Statistics covering latest monthly apprenticeship starts, apprenticeship service registrations and commitments, and apprenticeship levy information have been released. The number of apprenticeship st…More …


Latest Apprenticeship funding bands

27 Sep 2018

This sets out the latest funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards. The new 30 band structure for funding bands came into effect on 1 August 201…More …


Government announces advanced maths premium for providers

27 Sep 2018

The advanced maths premium is funding for additional students studying specified level 3 maths qualifications. It is paid at a rate of £600 per year per additional student for one or 2 years, dependin…More …


Publication of Level 4-5 Education Review

27 Sep 2018

The Department for Education (DfE) has published its evidence overview for the Review of Level 4-5 Education.  Taught (or “Classroom based”) Level 4-5 education is delivered in Universities, Further E…More …


UK Skills Survey 2017 findings

27 Sep 2018

DfE has published the 2017 UK Employer Skills Survey. It is one of the largest business surveys in the world, with the data in this report based on survey responses from over 87,000 employers. The re…More …


CIPD reports on employer views of T levels: awareness still low

27 Sep 2018

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has published research on employers’ views of T levels. The SIP has previously responded to a major Government consultation on T levels s…More …


New research on apprenticeships highlights gender differences

27 Sep 2018

This review highlights gender and level differences across apprenticeships, largely driven by sectoral variation. The findings show that apprenticeships at L3 deliver a higher return for males, but t…More …


2018 annual report on education spending in England

27 Sep 2018

A new report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies released in September highlights: Spending on the 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement to early education has risen from almost nothing in the early…More …


Schools not yet meeting Lord Baker’s technical career guidance rules

27 Sep 2018

In a survey of FE providers commissioned by the Department for Education, only five per cent of respondents said all schools were compliant in allowing training providers to enter schools to speak to…More …


Actions to boost employability in Wales highlighted in progress report

27 Sep 2018

The launch of the £12m Communities for Work Plus programme, which has already helped 400 people into work; a new £10 million Skills Development Fund to boost regional skills provision and target skill…More …


New Scottish Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science

27 Sep 2018

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced Richard Lochhead as Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. The First Minister said: “Richard brings his significant experienc…More …


Higher Level Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland - employer guide

27 Sep 2018

This new leaflet outlines the Higher Level Apprenticeship programme and the provision available to NI employers. It promotes Connect to Success NI, a unique site which enables employers to advertise…More …


SIP Apprenticeship Survey reveals science industry companies are not recovering apprenticeship levy

26 Sep 2018

Members invited to November survey launch events SIP Apprenticeship Survey reveals science industry companies are not recovering apprenticeship levy The extensive Apprenticeship Survey, carried out…More …


New SIP Provider Map Search function for STEM provision

26 Sep 2018

The SIP is delighted to launch a new provider map SIP website function. The provider search function is placed on the top bar next to the main search function on the homepage.  This map shows the loc…More …


AI Workshop will examine skills required for sector

26 Sep 2018

The SIP is hosting AI Working Group after its Board Meeting on the 22nd November and all SIP members are invited to attend. Confirmed speakers are:  Professor Jackie Hunter, CEO BenevolentBio who d…More …


SIP delivers commitments in Phase one of Life sciences Sector Deal

26 Sep 2018

The SIP has achieved on all of its deliverables which were included in Phase 1 of the Life Science Sector Deal including:   Monitoring the impact of the Apprenticeship levy and uptake of apprentice…More …


More promotion of apprenticeships called for by SIP

26 Sep 2018

The SIP has express some concern from its members about the prolonged difficulties several employers are experiencing in filling vacancies for key STEM Apprenticeship roles. While the SIP recognises…More …


SIP Cambridge members meet to progress devolution of skills agenda

26 Sep 2018

The members of SIP Cambridge met in July, at a meeting hosted by MedImmune, with SIP Chair Jacqui Hall, opening the meeting. During the meeting the Office for Life Sciences (OLS) updated the Group on…More …


Apprenticeship Standards Update

26 Sep 2018

The Life Science and Industrial Science Trailblazer (LSIS)  continues to make significant progress across a range of standards, particularly at the higher level. BioinformaticsThe Trailblazer has ach…More …


Seeking SIP Ambassadors!

26 Sep 2018

SIP Ambassadors are the SIP’s national network of industry professionals from member companies who engage, inspire and inform young people about careers within the science based industries and pathway…More …


Pupils enthused by the Enterprising Science Project – big thanks to Ambassadors

26 Sep 2018

SIP has complete delivery of its Enterprising Science project which spanned Greater Manchester, Kent and Medway, and Cheshire and Warrington.  It has seen young people enthused to take up a career in…More …


Online Lesson Plans include focus on diversity in STEM

26 Sep 2018

This recently completed series of lesson plans for teachers in the North Yorkshire and East Riding are now ready for download via Calderdale Colleges’ online portal. The plans are designed to support…More …


Annual SIP Members’ Survey online now

26 Sep 2018

The annual SIP Members’ Survey is designed to inform the SIP Business Plan and Operational Plan for 2019, ultimately translating into SIP deliverables. The survey is structured under the three main a…More …


SIP members and apprentices announced as regional winners in National Apprenticeship Awards

26 Sep 2018

Now in their 15th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate outstanding apprentices, employers and individuals who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships across England. The awards…More …


Leading industry experts to design new T Levels

14 Sep 2018

The biggest shake-up of technical education in decades has moved a step closer today more leading employers throw their weight behind the development of new world-class T Levels. Industry experts, ha…More …


SIP Apprenticeship Survey reveals science industry companies are not recovering apprenticeship levy

06 Sep 2018

The extensive Apprenticeship Survey, carried out by the Science Industry Partnership (SIP), is now complete and the findings being analysed, with some important preliminary findings being made availab…More …


A new Commission on Workers and Technology calls for evidence on AI use

07 Aug 2018

A new Commission on Workers and Technology chaired by Yvette Cooper MP has been launched with the publication of new evidence on British workers‘ hopes and fears for automation over the next decade I…More …


New funding guidelines issued from August 2018

07 Aug 2018

The DoE have issued the policy for apprenticeship funding in England from August 2018. The main policy change is the number of funding bands is being increased from 15 to 30. This follows a review of…More …


Life Science Industrial Strategy Implementation Board holds first meeting

06 Aug 2018

Earlier this year, Lord Henley Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the  Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy invited SIP Chair, Malcolm Skingle, to join the Life Science Indus…More …


SIP Cambridge drives employer-led regional skills approach

06 Aug 2018

The members of SIP Cambridge met in July, at a meeting hosted by MedImmune, with SIP Chair Jacqui Hall, opening the meeting.  During the meeting the Office for Life Sciences (OLS) updated the Group o…More …


SIP Apprenticeship 2018 Survey – results in, consultations underway

06 Aug 2018

Thanks go to SIP members who have completed the wide-ranging SIP Apprenticeship Survey. The survey received an excellent response, which has gathered information on apprenticeship uptake across the s…More …


IfA appoints SIP member apprentices to best practice panel

06 Aug 2018

The Institute for Apprenticeships has appointed 21 new members to its apprentice panel, including representation from a number of SIP members.  Together with the existing members, there are now 26 ap…More …


Ambassador teams support Enterprising Science Challenge to engage over 1000 students

06 Aug 2018

The SIP reported on the first Challenge Day in the Greater Manchester region in March, and since then has successfully delivered another two – one in Kent and Medway, the other in Cheshire and Warring…More …


SIP Online School Lesson Plans set to support science lessons Yorkshire schools

06 Aug 2018

As part of its Ambassador Programme, the SIP has recently completed a series of lesson plans for teachers in North Yorkshire and East Riding, which can be downloaded to support them in delivering scie…More …


Clinical Trials Standard approved for delivery

06 Aug 2018

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has approved its 300th apprenticeship standard for delivery – the Clinical Trials Specialist Apprenticeship – a Degree level Standard. Hannah Barry, of GSK and…More …


New LSIS Standards development focuses on high level Scientist roles

06 Aug 2018

A Life Science and Industrial Trailblazer (LSIS) working group, led by Rob Watts of Covance has recently received approval from IfA to further develop a new level 7 Research Scientist apprenticeship S…More …


ABPI Academic Review reports increase in Higher Apprenticeships

06 Aug 2018

The ABPI has announced the publication of its Biennial Academic Collaboration Review. The ABPI asks companies to submit data about their academic links across their entire business, from undergraduate…More …


EU Settlement Scheme: new Government employer toolkit

06 Aug 2018

The Government has published an employer toolkit designed to equip employers with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families on the EU Settlement Scheme. Government too…More …


Latest apprenticeship starts data

06 Aug 2018

DfE have published their latest Apprenticeships and Traineeships Aug-April 2017/18 statistical release. There have been 290,500 apprenticeship starts reported to date between August 2017 and April 201…More …


MPs Annual Report on apprenticeships

06 Aug 2018

The All Party Parliamentary Group on apprenticeships issued its annual report outlining some of the sessions it had held over the year and concluding with some recommendations on the need for improved…More …


New “Careers Hubs” to be rolled out

06 Aug 2018

The Secretary of State for Education, The Right Hon Damian Hinds MP, announced the names of 20 new Careers Hubs across England. This will see colleges and schools work together with other partners, as…More …


DfE confirms one Awarding Body for each T Level

06 Aug 2018

DfE says it has listened to feedback from Awarding Organisations (AOs) on the development of T Levels and the procurement process. Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: “Introducing T…More …


New IfA funding process explained and Institute sets out key priorities

06 Aug 2018

The Institute for Apprenticeships published a Q and A sheet on how funding is being assigned under the new band structure for apprenticeships. Funding will still be a two-step process: an initial fund…More …


AELP to assess impact of provider access to schools on vocational agenda

06 Aug 2018

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has been commissioned by the Department for Education to review the impact of the new provider access legislation, which requires schools to…More …


Response to proposals for setting up a “Tertiary Education and Research Commission” for Wales

06 Aug 2018

Following its White Paper, Public Good and a Prosperous Wales the Welsh Government is consulting on further proposals for the establishment and operation of the Tertiary Education and Research Commiss…More …


Scottish Government £10 million investment in Flexible Workforce Development Fund

06 Aug 2018

To ensure its workforce has the skills and training required to meet the changing needs of employers and the Scottish economy, £10million will be invested to extend the Flexible Workforce Development…More …


The Science Exchange supports career pathways in Northern Ireland

06 Aug 2018

The Science Exchange is a partnership between Ulster University, NWRC and industry. The scheme, launched earlier this year, provides advice and support to Life and Health Science companies, and compa…More …


SIP Apprenticeship Survey – results in, consultations underway

31 Jul 2018

Thanks go to SIP members who have completed the wide-ranging SIP Apprenticeship Survey.The survey received an excellent response, which has gathered information on apprenticeship uptake across the sec…More …


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