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SIP Update - Summer Apprenticeship Special
You are receiving this update because your company is a member of the Science Industry Partnership
This SIP Summer Apprenticeship update is a round-up of the latest news on apprenticeships, including recently updated Government information in areas such as funding and Standards.  
Science Apprenticeship Standards ready for use – with more underway
SIP employers are driving the development of the
new apprenticeship standards. They are designed by employers, are short and simple, and replace the existing complex frameworks. Read More >>
SIP Chair Malcolm Skingle promotes the uptake of Degree Apprenticeships
Writing for the National Centre for Universities and Business the SIP Chair said that the Life Science Sector’s approach to recruiting new talent is undergoing a period of unprecedented and exciting change.  

SIP welcomes DfE report showing progress on Apprenticeship Agenda
The Department for Education (DFE) has updated its progress on the Apprenticeship Reform Programme, with a report setting out how this benefits employers and apprentices. The SIP is pleased to see this detailed reporting against ambition set out and refreshed data on starts.

How The Apprenticeship Reforms Benefit Non-Levy Paying Employers
Non-levy paying employers will pay no more than 10% towards training and assessment costs.  
New Opportunity for Employers to Play Major Role in Setting New Apprenticeships Standards
The Institute for Apprenticeships, the new governmental body covering apprenticeship standards, has issued an open call for leaders from across industry to apply to become route panel members.

Paying The Apprenticeship Levy? Here’s How to Use Your Funds to Pay for Training
The apprenticeship levy was introduced on 6 April 2017 and levy-paying employers can now use the apprenticeship service to manage their apprenticeships online.  

SIP Webinar - Latest on the Apprenticeship Skills Reform 
Join us for a webinar on August 3rd 2017 at 2:00pm.  

Government publishes Guide to Apprenticeship off-the-job training
The requirement for at least 20% off-the-job training is one of the Government’s core principles that underpins a quality apprenticeship.  

Scotland set to achieve apprenticeships target
New figures from Skills Development Scotland have confirmed that Scotland is on track to achieve its target of 30,000 Modern Apprenticeships starts by 2020.  

Employer Guide to Apprenticeships updated
Employer guide to apprenticeships has recently been updated. This guide gives employers the information and benefits of recruiting apprentices to their business and is a useful document to circulate internally.  Read More >>

Apprenticeship funding bands guide updated
This refreshed document sets out the funding bands that apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards.

SIP Member Manager here to help on all things Apprenticeships
All SIP members have a dedicated Member Manager who will advise and work with you to help you make the most of your SIP membership. 

Business is committed to apprenticeships, but the levy must deliver quality says survey
The latest annual survey from the CBI and Pearson finds employers concerned about future recruitment and the impact of the levy.  

What SIP membership means
SIP membership brings members together to collectively  identify and address the skills challenges the sector faces, including the need for up to 250,000 new entrants into the sector through to 2025, many in highly technical and skills shortage occupations.