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Science Industry Partnership comments on the apprenticeship Levy 1 Year On

The members of the Science Industry Partnership, in common with many employers across all sectors of the economy, have continued to press for changes to the design and the functioning of the apprenticeship levy, which was introduced last April.

SIP Cambridge launched – employers unite to meet the STEM skills challenge

Life Science employers across Cambridgeshire have formed a proactive, collective approach to skills on behalf of the science-based sector in the region.  The new Science Industry Partnership (SIP) Cambridge includes substantial representation from companies based in Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas Read More >>

SIP responds to call for Evidence for review of post-18 education

The independent panel supporting the Government’s Review of Post-18 Education and Funding has invited views to inform its work.  Read More >>

Trailblazer Update: Bioinformatics Standard Approved

The Life Science and Industrial Science Trailblazer proposal for the much anticipated Level 7 Bioinformatics Standard has received conditional approval from the Institute of Apprenticeships (IfA) and with some minor amendments, will be re-submitted shortly. Read More >>

Charlotte Hughes from GSK presents at apprenticeships work for women event

An ‘apprenticeships work for women’ event highlighted and celebrated the positive impact of female apprentices in workplaces across the country. Charlotte Hughes from GlaxoSmithKline and National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 Higher and Degree Apprentice of the Year award winner told the audience of teachers, apprentices and female business leaders about her positive experiences. Read More >>

Enterprising Science Challenge Day

SIP Ambassadors have been making a difference via the Enterprising Science initiative. These are half-day activities in schools across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, and Kent & Medway. Selected students from each of the schools are then invited to come together for a Challenge Day.  Read More >>

Pfizer Ambassadors inspire the next generation of scientists

Underpinned by various STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and SIP activities, Pfizer run a Schools Outreach Programme which includes work experience, careers fairs and Big Bang events, and provide opportunities for students interested in science to visit Pfizer’s Head Office in Surrey.  Read More >>

Goodbye to Liz: thanks from SIP Board for commitment to outreach

Much of the work that helped to establish and develop the SIP Ambassador and Careers Outreach programme has been driven by the SIP Careers Working Group. Since its inception in 2014 Liz Greenfield, Head of Human Resources, North-East Region and UK HR Director at Pfizer has been its Chairperson.  Liz is moving on from Pfizer and consequently stepped down as Chair at the end of April.  Read More >>

SIP Apprenticeship Survey will provide evidence on levy use and impact

This SIP has launched a comprehensive survey of apprenticeships for science employers to gather information on their uptake across the sector, including the impact of the Levy.  Read More >>

SIPPI showcased at Process Safety Summit

The Science Industry Partnership Process Industries (SIPPI) member forum went on the road to explain its functions, at the third UK Process Safety Summit, organised by Cogent Skills.  Read More >>

Guest blog: 'Doing the maths: why business needs to get on board' - By Dr Gillian Burgess

Dr. Gillian Burgess, Site Head of UK Research and Vice President at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Board Member of the Science Industry Partnership, sets out the business case for promoting greater uptake of maths to support individuals in undertaking the science jobs of today and tomorrow. Read More >>

Trailblazer Degree Apprenticeships Poster boost at ChemEngDay 18

A Poster session, attended by Dr Kate Barclay, former Chair of the Life Science and Industrial Sciences (LSIS) Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Board Member of the Institute of Apprenticeships, took place at ChemEngDay18 - Molecules to Manufacturing, University of Leeds, followed by a workshop, on engaging HEIs on Science Industry Process Engineer Degree Apprenticeships (SIPPE).  Read More >>

Sector Deal for Artificial Intelligence

More than 50 leading technology companies and organisations have contributed to the development of an AI Sector Deal worth almost £1 billion. 1,000 new government funded AI PhDs will keep the UK at the forefront of innovation and build UK status as AI research hotspot  Read More >>

Apprenticeship Standards: make the right choice and get the job done

Choosing the right Apprenticeship Standard is the critical first step in ensuring that you get the right apprenticeship for your business needs and in turn the right apprentice/s for the role you are seeking to fill.  Read More >>

7 pointers to help employers prepare for transfers on the apprenticeship service

From May 2018 employers who pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to transfer apprenticeship service funds to other organisations to pay for their apprenticeship training and assessment. Read More >>

Reform Think Tank levy report raises the levy debate

The Reform think tank published its assessment of the apprenticeship levy and associated training, one year on from its introduction – albeit with a somewhat controversial title. It concluded that greater clarification of what constituted an apprenticeship, as well as a simpler system of funding and dropping the 3m target, were all needed if the original aspirations of quality provision were to be met. Read More >>

OECD report suggest levy funding is monitored

The OECD reported on apprenticeship developments in England praising some of the reforms but suggesting that there was still a long way to go, citing the need for strengthening general education in apprenticeships for young people, reviewing current plans for competition in the assessment market, monitoring the use of levy funding and building quality assurance generally. Read More >>

Apprenticeship starts down, but data shows shift to higher level

Less people maybe on apprenticeships, but those who are on them are getting more training. Apprenticeship starts in the first two quarters of 2017/18 (recorded as August to January) have shown a fall and a significant shift to apprenticeships with higher expected training intensity relative to the previous year. Read More >>

Skills Minister says 'Trajectory is right' on apprenticeships

Businesses are starting to “wake up” to the opportunities the reformed apprenticeship system offers, the skills minister has said. Speaking to TES on the eve of National Apprenticeship Week, Anne Milton said the system reforms were “going well”.  Read More >>

More promotion of T-levels needed

FE Week has published an article from qualifications body CACHE, which recently commissioned a poll of parents and of young people aged 11 to 16, to get a sense of how ready the country is for T-levels and where the pitfalls might lie in the implementation. Read  More >>

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BCF Annual Conference
3rd May 2018

The BCF Annual Conference is the networking event for coatings and chemicals industry professionals to develop, influence, support and exchange information.

SIP Members' Webinar - An Introduction to Competence Management 
25th  May 2018

Using a competency-based approach means both the employer and the employee benefit from a robust, standards-based system which aligns with the organisation’s strategy. It also means organisations can demonstrate to regulators and stakeholders that they have a clear blueprint for competency management in place. Register

CIA Chemical Industry Awards
14th June 2018

The ceremony is an inspiring celebration of the best of the UK chemical and pharmaceutical industry. It provides an excellent opportunity to entertain existing clients, as well as celebrate the outstanding achievements of colleagues or business partners.  More information.

SIP Process Industries (SIPPI)
3rd July 2018

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) new ‘Process Industries’ member forum

SIP North East
11th July 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.

SIP Cambridge
19th July 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>>