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The Science Industry Partnership: one year on report

11 August 2015

The Science Industry Partnership (SIP) continues to roll out a very ambitious programme of activity during its 2 year pilot phase.

The SIP Board of employers has now reported on the first year of the SIP. This short summary sets out the achievements so far, and what we can expect in Year 2 and beyond.

In sum, the SIP represents the shared ambition for a successful UK science industry, built around a capable current and future workforce with high level skills and capacity for innovation.

The significant co-investment of £32m from Government and £20m from employers is aimed at implementing a series of new vocational pathways into science-based companies, with a clear focus on Apprenticeships as well as addressing urgent skills gaps impacting on wider workforce skills and growth.

The Sector has demonstrated that empowering employers has been key to the success of the SIP. Employers are taking direct responsibility for the sector ambition on skills, as well as the direct delivery of the skills programmes themselves.

In the first year, 260 science employers have directly engaged in the SIP ranging from the largest companies in Life Sciences and Industrial Science to supply chain companies and SMEs.

During the first year 2113 individuals have accessed training in a variety of forms including 372 Apprenticeships.

One of the aims of the SIP was to grow the vocational pathways into the Sector and in the first year over 20% of employers taking on an apprentice are doing so for the first time and 50% of employers have increased their intake.

A more detailed report on the first year of the SIP can also be accessed here.

This project has been partly supported by HM Government with Employer Ownership funding.

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