Science Industry Partnership

SIP Futures Delivery Group

The Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy was an employer-led piece of work produced by the SIP Futures Group – a collaboration between SIP employers, Office for Life Sciences (OLS), Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and BioIndustry Association (BIA).

The Strategy’s workforce projections show that the Life Sciences will need around 133,000 people by 2030 in order to meet the ambitions of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy. Of these 133,000 roles in the sector, 43,000 will be needed in Biopharma and 90,000 in Med Tech.

A number of key recommendations have been made to ensure the Life Sciences has the high-quality, industry-specific skills needed to continue to build on its position of strength. These are:

Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy Delivery

An industry-led group which will lead the production, implementation and monitoring of a Life Sciences Skills Action Plan, based on the Strategy’s recommendations. The Group will then oversee and coordinate the delivery of a number of ambitious, tangible actions to contribute towards the ‘people’ pillar of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy.

Integrated Skills

To develop a sector-based skills policy that joins up the skills and business agendas and meets the ambitions of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy. To ensure multi-disciplinary, industry-relevant learning and skills are embedded at all education types and levels from schools and apprenticeship standards through to reskilling.


Continue to promote, encourage and incentivise the take-up of apprenticeships in all parts of the sector to establish parity of esteem with academic routes. Levy recovery is very low in Life Sciences and much greater flexibility is needed to support the development of a skilled workforce. Provide additional non-levy investment into apprenticeships to ensure SMEs receive the support they require.

Global Operating Environment

Maintain the UK’s world-leading position in the Life Sciences sector, by supporting the facilitation of the transfer and exchange of a global workforce, and ensuring the UK is an attractive place to invest and work.

Attraction & Perception

To develop and roll out an attraction strategy to promote working in the Life Sciences sector. To inspire, inform and build a diverse, entrepreneurial and resilient future workforce.

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Business and Industry said: “The Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy is another key milestone in delivering on the recommendations of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy and the subsequent Life Sciences Sector Deals”

If you'd like to get involved in the SIP Futures Delivery Group, contact: Chloe Watts,