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Chairman’s Introduction

The summer has now concluded, Autumn is setting in, we’re at the start of a new educational year and I wanted to take the opportunity acknowledge the work of the Science Industry Partnership Board and the wider membership for their continued input to rolling out our ambitious Skills Strategy and associated Skills Action Plan for the science-based sector.  Read More >>

Science Industry Partnership welcomes Life Sciences Industrial Strategy

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) of employers was delighted to welcome the launch of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, which incorporates the SIP’s key recommendations on skills, to “ensure future life sciences success”.  Read More >>

SIP responds to DexEU Science Innovation Position Paper

Responding to the Collaboration on science and innovation: a future partnership paper,which sets out the Government’s objectives for “an ambitious science and innovation agreement”, the SIP has commented on the skills and talent dimension of the paper, one in a series relating to Brexit negotiations.  Read More >>

Introducing a Science Skills Partnership for the Cambridge Science Cluster Reception
16th October 2017

Join us for an informal evening of networking on the skills and apprenticeship agenda, at MedImmune’s laboratories at Granta Park. You will hear from MedImmune’s Jacqui Hall, Vice President, Learning Standards and Insights, who will explain how the company’s membership of the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) has helped to drive uptake of science apprentices at MedImmune.  Register here >>

Join us for the next SIP Webinar: building your skills pipeline through HE
17th November 2017

The use of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, and/or taking on a University Student on a Placement all offer a host of benefits to employers looking to attract and develop higher level skills.  Register here >>

SIP Chair attends Signalling of Mathematical Skills needs, hosted by the Royal Academy

SIP Chair, Dr Malcolm Skingle attended an informative and productive meeting on the importance of placing maths at the heart of our education system and signalling its value to our educators and young people, which was hosted by the Royal Society.  Read More >>

SIP Ambassador Scheme gets the polymers treatment

The Polymer Ambassador Scheme, commissioned by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) is an initiative to give people from the polymer industry the opportunity to teach children and students about the exciting world of polymers, to engage them about the possibilities of science, engineering and manufacturing.  Read More >>

Seeking SIP Careers Ambassadors!

The SIP operates a network of “SIP Ambassadors” who can deliver interactive science-based careers sessions with young people and challenge stereotypes around working in science. Its ultimate aim is to support the UK to remain at the centre of global science.  Read More >>

New Standards approved and more NOS on the way

The SIP continues to facilitate the development of new apprenticeship Standards to support the skills agenda of members, via the Life & Industrial Sciences Trailblazer Group.   Read More >>

Trailblazing the way to Apprenticeships with the new Standards

Taking on an apprentice now means using the new “Trailblazer” Apprenticeship Standards – which has seen a reinvigoration of quality and rigour across the re-designed Apprenticeship landscape. This latest blog from SIAS, the end-assessment organisation for the STEM industries, sheds more light on the new Standards landscape.  Read More >>

New CEO of the Education and Skills Funding Agency appointed

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that Eileen Milner has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and will take up the post in November this year. The ESFA is an executive agency of the DfE that is accountable for funding education and training for children, young people and adults.  Read More >>

New education and skills measures announced

The Education Secretary Justine Greening has (1 October) announced a series of measures to “place education at the heart of the government’s ambition to provide opportunity for all and ensure we are building the skills needed to secure the nation’s prosperity. Read More >>

Beyond the numbers: implementing better apprenticeships

Through the apprenticeship levy that came into effect on 6 April 2017, the government plans to raise £3 billion a year by 2021-22. This is the highest investment in real terms ever made for apprenticeships. This paper from Sheffield University argues inadequate implementation in some parts of the economy could undermine the key benefits of this investment, in particular the quality of training, the school support and levels of pay, all of which remain a key challenge to providing better apprenticeships.  Read More >>

Explorify: a new, free and easy way to teach science in primary schools

Over the last decade, Wellcome and others have amassed a wealth of evidence about how science is taught in primary schools and how this affects young learners.  Read More >>

Wellcome Trust expresses concern regarding removal of science A-level practical

Wellcome Trust says removing science practical from A levels could challenge the  'authenticity' of the qualification. Read More >>

Expressions of Interest for Institutes of Technology

DFE officials have produced a policy statement on the plans for Institutes of Technology, some frequently asked questions and a proforma to register interest.  Read More >>

Devolved Administrations

Northern Ireland

SIP Member Survey - help to shape skills for the future

We’d be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey, by doing so you will help to shape SIP vision, objectives and priority areas for 2018, as well as ensuring robust and practical input to influencing Government Policy on skills.  Join the Survey

UK Bioscience Forum
12th October 2017

SIP is exhibiting at the UK Bioscience Forum 2017 - Building something great at stand 9.  Please come and speak to our skills experts to find out more about your SIP Membership.

Lab Innovations
1 & 2 November 2017

Hear the SIP Chairman,  Malcolm Skingle, GSK, present at Lab Innovations on 1st November.  Malcolm will be presenting on "How to ensure organisations can get the skills they need" in the Innovation and Sight Theatre.

Genesis 2017
14th December 2017

Science Industry Partnership will be on stand 2 at Genesis 2017 - come along and meet the team.