Science Industry Partnership

News (May 2019)

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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