Science Industry Partnership

SIP Action Plan

About the SIP Skills Action Plan

The Science Industry Partnership launched its Action Plan to ensure the supply of 260,000 new scientific entrants required through to 2025.

The SIP’s Skills Strategy had initially set out the following high level strategic objectives and the Action Plan has subsequently developed 25 strategic actions which will fulfil this ambition:

  • Raise standards and responsiveness in education and training provision
  • Secure and embed vocational skills in the workforce
  • Build and update the transferable skills base in the science-based workforce
  • Provide a mechanism for the upskilling of the existing scientific workforce
  • Attract young people to the science industries
  • Monitor and respond to emerging skills needs

The collaborative Strategic Skills Action Plan is aimed at delivering the key skills activities needed to achieve the sectors’ skills ambition – including the requirement for up to 260,000 skilled people out to 2025 – many in new technology-based scientific occupations.

This projection includes up to 142,000 professional level graduate-entry jobs and up to 73,000 technical level apprenticeship-entry roles.

The Action Plan is aimed at attracting these numbers and at ensuring a globally competitive science industry sector – which includes life sciences, medical technologies, bio-technology, chemicals and advanced materials. It sets out to meet a number of objectives from raising Standards and embedding vocational skills in the education system, to upskilling the current workforce and promoting the wide variety of exciting STEM careers on offer.

The plan also monitors and ensures the supply of skilled people to occupations where there is a shortage, such as Computational Scientists, Health Economists, Formulation Scientists, Control and Instrumentation Engineers and Process Safety Engineers.

The Action Plan is collaborative, working in partnership with other organisations, including Government Departments, Trade and Professional bodies, Ministerial Councils and Further and Higher Education Providers, to apply national leadership and take joint action on skills across the science industries.

The actions are aligned with the Government’s Post 16 Skills Plan, and also feature as part of the SIP’s contribution to the newly evolving Sector Deal for science, which forms part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

The SIP has consulted widely right across the sector to ensure detailed input from expert partners.

Dr Malcolm Skingle, Director GSK and the SIP’s Chair said: “The SIP partnership of employers has developed this Strategic Skills Action Plan for a sector which makes a major contribution to the UK economy, both financially and through continued innovation.

“It has a five year horizon, to ensure that our education system provides clear, vocational science pathways into the sector and delivers the skills that the science industry needs to succeed, at every educational level. This includes an ambition for 20,000 apprentices into the sector through to 2020.

“Importantly, the Plan commits to  cross sector collaboration with a range of expert skills partners and will fully support the Government’s developing Industrial Strategy, underpinning the skills dimension of the newly developing ‘Sector Deal’ for science.”