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SIP Skills and Policy Bulletin May 2017
 

We are now of course in the pre-election period following dissolution of Parliament on 3rd May and the forthcoming election on 8 June. While policy activity has been put on hold, a number of key reports have been published in the last few weeks, and progress continues to be made on the science skills agenda, particularly in the development of the SIP contribution to the Industrial Strategy Life Sciences and Chemicals Sector Deals.

SIP develops Sector Deal Skills input
The formal SIP response to the Industrial Strategy Green Paper consultation exercise was submitted in April.
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Party Manifesto Summaries on Vocational Skills
The three major Parties have each made a series of promises in their manifestos.
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Occupational Map classifies current and new science sector occupations
The SIP, with the support of Cogent Skills, has completed the first phase of this important occupational mapping project  
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Standards, Standards…seeking member input
The SIP is facilitating the development of new apprenticeship Standards to support the skills agenda of members, via the Life & Industrial Sciences Trailblazer Group.
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Government publishes Apprentice Accountability Statement
The government has set out in a new report on who is accountable for what when it comes to standards, quality, funding, value for money and so on under the new apprenticeship regime.
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Apprenticeship funding: rules and guidance for employers
This latest document sets out the guidance which will apply to all employers participating in the apprenticeship programme.
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The Technical and Further Education Bill given royal assent
The Technical and Further Education Act allows for the expansion of the remit of the Institute for Apprenticeships to give it a greater role in overseeing a new structure for post-16 education in line with the Skills Plan.  
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Nominate Your Employees to Become SIP Ambassadors and Inspire your Future Workforce
The SIP Careers Programme continues to grow with 314 SIP Ambassadors now registered who have engaged with more than 34,500 young people at over 650 events, with more than 1,270 volunteer days donated.
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Guidance on Apprenticeship funding bands released
The list of apprenticeship standards shows the funding bands for starts from 1 May 2017.  
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Everything you ever wanted to know about apprenticeship end-point assessment…
The introduction of end-point assessment (EPA) is one of the biggest changes to the apprenticeship landscape in England.
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Sector employers unite on science skills 
SIP membership is designed to help companies achieve economies of scale and lower costs through working collaboratively to close skills gaps and reduce shortages.  
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Devolved Administrations

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Wales Update  Read More >>
Northern Ireland Update  Read More >>