04 Mar 2021
To coincide with National Careers Week, the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) a powerful employer-led membership body supported by Cogent Skills, has launched its first report on Equality Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) in the life sciences sector.
Entitled ‘Putting workforce diversity at the heart of the Life Sciences sector’, the report addresses the requirement for sector specific ED&I research, highlighted in the Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy1.
Using a combination of survey responses, labour market data and case studies the report showcases and celebrates best practice ED&I polices and individuals who have been recognised for their contributions and commitment to improving practices and making working environments more inclusive.
With the potential to create approximately 133,000 jobs over the next 10 years1, attracting and developing a diverse workforce is essential to the continued success of the Life, Sciences sector. Whilst the report shows that much has been accomplished on ED&I, it also acknowledges there is more work to be done to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to participate and achieve their potential.
In his foreword Karl Treacy at Pfizer comments:
“Our industry is forward thinking in nature, continually living at the very frontier of human advancement. This should be mirrored in the way that we recruit and develop our workforce, opening up access to ensure a diverse pipeline of new talent. Through strong leadership, transparency and by making ourselves accountable, we can work to remove any barriers to inclusion and promote the sector as a place of equal opportunity for all.”
The data captured by the report will be a useful source of information for those working to ensure inclusion across the sector and can develop over time, to allow further analysis. To support employers the report also contains an ED&I checklist providing a set of practical measures designed to complement existing strategies and support the development of a fully inclusive business culture.
SIP Chair Malcolm Skingle, said:
“Equality, Diversity and Inclusion benefits everyone and I know that many of our members will already have well established practices in place. This is evident from the strong selection of best practice examples highlighted throughout this report. Many may also be working their way towards their own internal goals and strategies. However reassuring this is, we can see that as a sector we still have more to do, to nurture, develop and retain talent”
The full report, analysis and case study interviews can be downloaded here.
Notes for Editors:
Science Industry Partnership (SIP)
The SIP is a membership body that provides one influential voice to Government to ensure the science sector is heard and understood. This representation is particularly important in light of a rapidly evolving skills policy landscape related to the Apprenticeship Levy, the Post-16 Skills Plan, and the newly developing Industrial Strategy. To deliver the sector’s skills ambition, the SIP works with its partners from trade and professional bodies to training providers, Higher Education and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and supports member companies to make sure they get maximum return and value from the skills system.
Cogent Skills is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. It works alongside the leadership of sector employers to raise skills levels. Cogent Skills is a group of companies comprised of Cogent Skills, Cogent Skills Services, Cogent Skills Training, NSAN and SIAS. Collectively these companies’ purpose is entirely focused on skills and supporting the skills needs and ambitions of individual employers and their employees. Cogent Skills is sector-based, working with companies from across the science industries embracing Life Sciences, Industrial Sciences and Nuclear.
Roger Thomas/ Melissa Saxon
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