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SIP Policy Bulletin - February 2017

The most significant policy news of recent weeks has been the launch of the latest Industrial Strategy Green Paper,  described as ‘a new vision’ by the government and which includes 10 pillars, 61 pledges and 4 imperatives and 38 questions, and for which the SIP will be submitting a full response on the skills pillar.

Education and skills feature very strongly, including the development of Specialist Technical Institutes as part of an enhanced technical system, more details on timescales are likely to follow once the consultation is concluded in April.

SIP welcomes the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper

The SIP has welcomed The Government’s Green Paper, Building our Industrial Strategy, launched by the Prime Minister.  Read More >>

SIP responds to the Prime Minister's Brexit speech

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech setting out the Government’s twelve negotiating objectives for exiting the EU.  Read More >>

Consultation response from SIP on the draft strategic guidance for the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA).

The SIP consultation response 

Closing the STEM Skills Gap: Response to the Select Committee inquiry

The Commons Science and Technology Committee is particularly keen to receive evidence of the STEM skills that are needed but found to be in short supply or missing. Read More >> 

Government online apprenticeship service now open

The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are inviting large employers to sign up and register for its online apprenticeship service.  Read More >>

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister outlines the future of careers advice

The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, recently made a keynote speech on the future of careers advice.  Read More >>

Institute for Apprenticeships board members announced

Full details of how the Institute for Apprenticeships will operate have been set out in an operational plan for consultation alongside the names of 8 members of the board appointed to run the institute.  Read More>>

Devolved administrations

A round-up of news from the devolved administrations. Read More >>