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SIP Skills and Policy Update - July
Since the last update, MPs have returned to Westminster, the Government has outlined its legislative programme and a new Skills Minister, the Rt Hon Anne Milton has also taken over from Robert Halfon. In the coming months we expect to see further clarification of the Industrial Strategy, for which the SIP has developed a Skills Proposal as part of the Sector Deal and a detailed programme for the development of T-levels.

SIP Chair Welcomes new Skills Minister and highlights Sector Deal Input
On behalf of the members of the Science Industry Partnership, SIP Chair Malcolm Skingle has congratulated The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP on her appointment as Minister of State in the Department for Education (DfE).

Commitment to the reform of technical education features in Queen's Speech
The Government set out its legislative agenda for the next two years with a Queen’s Speech that announced 27 bills, of which eight were related to Brexit.  

SIP Member GSK crowned apprentice team of the year
Nine GSK apprentices have been named England's apprentice team of the year after winning the 2017 Brathay Apprentice Challenge.

Join us for a SIP Member webinar on August 3rd 2017 at 2:00pm
Apprenticeships have never been more in the spotlight, with recent changes to the way they are designed and delivered, and a complete transformation to the funding model.

SIP Ambassador Programme awarded two GMCC Social Value Awards
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) has awarded SIP/Cogent Skills with silver and bronze GM Social Value Awards  

Another New Apprenticeship Standard Approved: Science Industry Process/Plant Engineer Degree Apprenticeship
The Institute of Apprenticeships (IfA) has announced that another science industry Standard has now been approved – Science Industry Process/Plant engineer Degree Apprenticeship, joining the five STEM Standards already published.  

IfA seeking industry experts to join its Route Panels in the Institute
STEM employer representatives are encouraged to apply for these Institute for Apprenticeship (IfA) roles, as they will be contributing to the development of the Government’s apprenticeship programme and making an important investment in building the capability of the sector.  

SIP membership: ensuring access to the skills your company needs
The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) continues to evolve as a powerful network of employers influencing and developing the skills needed for the wider science sector.  

Former UKCES National Skills Surveys assessed for effectiveness
London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to assess two surveys that the Department will administer following the closure of the UKCES, namely the Employer Skills Survey (ESS) and the Employer Perspectives Survey (EPS).  

Government publishes Guide to Apprenticeship off-the-job training
As set out in “English apprenticeships: our 2020 vision”, published in 2015, the requirement for at least 20% off-the-job training is one of the Government’s core principles that underpins a quality apprenticeship.  

Universities rated in new Teaching Excellence Framework
The Higher Education Funding Council for England has published the first set of ratings for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).  

HEPI report sets out views on how to further improve technical education
Mary Curnock Cook spells out six potential problem areas facing the new T-Levels in a new briefing paper for the HE Policy Institute – not least the need to clarify and explain the new T Levels to employers and students.

Prime Ministers Announcement on the Status of EU citizens in the UK
The Government has now published a paper setting out its offer for EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU. All EU nationals lawfully resident for at least five years will be able to apply for "settled status" and be able to bring over spouses and children.  

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