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SIP Apprenticeship Survey reveals science industry companies are not recovering apprenticeship levy

The extensive Apprenticeship Survey, carried out by the Science Industry Partnership (SIP), is now complete and the findings being analysed, with some important preliminary findings being made available  Read More >>

New SIP  Provider Map Search function for STEM provision

The SIP is delighted to launch a new provider map SIP website function. The provider search function is placed on the top bar next to the main search function on the homepage. Read More >>

AI Workshop will examine skills required for sector

The SIP is hosting AI Working Group after its Board Meeting on the 22nd November and all SIP members are invited to attend. Read More >>

SIP delivers commitments in Phase 1 of Life sciences Sector Deal

The SIP has achieved on all of its deliverables which were included in Phase 1 of the Life Science Sector Deal  Read More >>

More promotion of apprenticeships called for by SIP

The SIP has express some concern from its members about the prolonged difficulties several employers are experiencing in filling vacancies for key STEM Apprenticeship roles. Read More >>

SIP Cambridge members meet to progress devolution of skills agenda

At the last SIP Cambridge meeting the Office for Life Sciences (OLS) updated the Group on Phase Two of the Sector Deal, for which the SIP, as noted, is submitting a skills proposal. Read More >>

SIP members and apprentices announced as regional winners in National Apprenticeship Awards

Now in their 15th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate outstanding apprentices, employers and individuals who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships across England. Read More >>

Apprenticeship Standards Update

The Life Science and Industrial Science Trailblazer (LSIS)  continues to make significant progress across a range of standards, particularly at the higher level. Read More >>

Annual SIP Members’ Survey online now

The annual SIP Members’ Survey is designed to inform the SIP Business Plan and Operational Plan for 2019, ultimately translating into SIP deliverables. Read More >>

Seeking SIP Ambassadors!

SIP Ambassadors are the SIP’s national network of industry professionals from member companies who engage, inspire and inform young people about careers within the science based industries and pathways into them.  Read More >>

Online Lesson Plans include focus on diversity in STEM

This recently completed series of lesson plans for teachers in the North Yorkshire and East Riding are now ready for download via Calderdale Colleges’ online portal. The plans are designed to support science lessons and focus on working in industry.  Read More >>

Pupils enthused by the Enterprising Science Project – big thanks to Ambassadors

SIP has complete delivery of its Enterprising Science project which spanned Greater Manchester, Kent and Medway, and Cheshire and Warrington.  It has seen young people enthused to take up a career in science.  Read More >>

Conservative conference: Chancellor announces review of apprenticeship levy rules

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced plans for changes to the apprenticeship levy, promising a further review of the system, a move welcomed by the SIP.  Read More >>

Replacement Apprenticeship Standards for withdrawn Science Industry Frameworks

September saw the withdrawal of the following ESFA Apprenticeship Frameworks - Life Science and Chemical Science Professionals Higher Apprenticeships and  Process Manufacturing Intermediate & Advanced ApprenticeshipsRead More >>

Apprenticeship and levy statistics: September 2018

Statistics covering latest monthly apprenticeship starts, apprenticeship service registrations and commitments, and apprenticeship levy information have been released. Read More >>

Latest Apprenticeship funding bands

This sets out the latest funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards. The new 30 band structure for funding bands came into effect on 1 August 2018  Read More >>

Government announces advanced maths premium for providers

The advanced maths premium is additional funding for students studying specified level 3 maths qualifications. It is paid at a rate of £600 per year per additional student for one or 2 years, depending on the type and size of qualification studied.  Read More >>

Publication of Level 4-5 Education Review

The Department for Education (DfE) has published its evidence overview for the Review of Level 4-5 Education.  Taught (or “Classroom based”) Level 4-5 education is delivered in Universities, Further Education Colleges and Alternative Providers, and other Private Training Providers. Read More >>

UK Skills Survey 2017 findings

DfE has published the 2017 UK Employer Skills Survey. It is one of the largest business surveys in the world, with the data in this report based on survey responses from over 87,000 employers.  Read More >>

CIPD reports on employer views of T levels: awareness still low

The CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, has published research on employers’ views of T levels. The SIP has previously responded to a major Government consultation on T levels stating that the timing of work placements would need to be carefully planned versus employer capacity and their operational activities.  Read More >>

New research on apprenticeships highlights gender differences

This review highlights gender and level differences across apprenticeships, largely driven by sectoral variation. Read  More >>


2018 annual report on education spending in England

The report states that education spending is the second-largest element of public service spending in the UK behind health, representing about £90 billion in 2017–18 in today’s prices or about 4.3% of national income.  Read More >>

Schools not yet meeting Lord Baker’s technical career guidance rules

In a survey of FE providers commissioned by the Department for Education, only five per cent of respondents said all schools were compliant in allowing training providers to enter schools to speak to learners.  Read More >>

Nature Jobs
4th October  2018

The Science Industry Partnership shall be sharing a stand with One Nucleus at this event promoting careers and opportunities, including the SIP Ambassador programme, within the Cambridgeshire region.  

SIP Process Industries (SIPPI)
18th October  2018

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) ‘Process Industries’ member forum. Read More >>

SIP North East with Apprenticeship Survey launch
7th November 2018

The aim of the SIP North East Group is to support the work of the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) specifically in the North East of England.  Read More >>

CIA and Cogent Skills joint Skills Conference

8th November  2018

The one-day Conference will cover a wide range of skills topics relevant to the chemical sector and feature a wealth of informative keynote speakers from both the Chemicals industry and other leading organisations. Read More >>

BCF Annual Awards
15th November 2018

Now in its ninth year, the BCF Awards celebrate success in the coatings industry and showcase the achievements of BCF member companies and individuals. Read More >>

SIP Board Meeting
22nd November 2018 - London

Quarter four SIP Board Meeting

SIP Workshop on Artificial Intelligence/Digital Degrees
22nd November 2018 - London

Following the SIP Board Meeting, we shall be holding a Workshop which will include guest speakers involved in the usage of AI-based technology with specific applications in the science sector, as well as developments in Digital Degree Apprenticeships.  Register here>>

SIP Cambridge with Apprenticeship Survey launch
30th November 2018

Regional skills group in to drive a local approach to addressing regional skills challenges, growing the skills pipeline and developing specialist STEM provision. Read More>>

SIP Members' Webinar - Apprenticeship Survey
December 2018

Please contact Kate Hutchins to pre-register for this webinar

SIP Education Group
5th December 2018

This Group will be responsible for activity associated with the education reform agenda with particular regard to vocational education and Apprenticeships. Read More >>

SIP Trailblazer Group
6th December 2018 - London

The SIP is facilitating and supporting the development of new apprenticeship Standards to underpin the skills agenda of SIP Membership companies, in particular those standards under the umbrella of the Life & Industrial Sciences Trailblazer Group.  More Information >>

Genesis (One Nucleus) 2018
13th December 2018

The event will engage all the key elements for those active across Life Sciences, Digital and Health Technology fields in creating a vision of where the sector is heading. Speakers and panellists will lead sessions discussing which approaches will deliver better outcomes for patients, investors and payers. Read More >>