Employers driving skills for UK growth

Employers driving skills for UK growth

The Skills Partnership for the science industries

The Skills Partnership for the science industries

Securing the future of the UK science economy

Securing the future of the UK science economy

National Standards

StandardsThe SIP will develop a science industry sector standards plan including Apprenticeship Standards (Trailblazers), based on the sector occupations.

Employer members from the Science Industry Partnership (SIP) are the Trailblazers of apprenticeship reform. They have developed new standards and specified that the end point assessment that confirms the apprentices competence should be assessed by an independent assessment body (SIAS). 

The SIP Trailblazer group has delivered and received ministerial approval for four apprenticeship standards and their associated assessment plans:

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Science Manufacturing Technician
  • Science Industry Maintenance Technician
  • Laboratory Scientist

SIP Membership provides you with the opportunity to make sure that Apprenticeship Standards for the sector continue to meet the needs of your business so that apprentices coming into your organisation can add value and make a contribution quickly because their training is relevant.

Craig Hargreaves, Senior Trainer Maintenance Services at SABIC, the North East-based chemicals manufacturer and previous Chair of the SIP Trailblazer Group outlines the important of new standard development,“just as a business carries out regular reviews and adapts to industry and market needs, so the Trailblazers has enabled us in the Industrial and Life Sciences sector to assess what skills and training we now need as an industry to ensure we maintain our competitive advantage in the global market. Trailblazers has also allowed the science sector to address an identified skills gap.”

“Currently the industry is finding it more difficult to attract younger employees. There are a number of factors for this, particularly in the North East, where there is competition from other industries in the process industries’ supply chain, such as the offshore oil and gas sector which has drawn on the limited talent pool.”

“The redesign of apprenticeships has also allowed the industry to develop a set of expected behaviours needed for the highly regulated environment in which we operate. It is important now for us to have individuals who are happy working within a team, communicate at all levels, see safety as a priority and have the skills with which to deliver effective results.”

On completing a Trailblazers standard, the apprentice can also gain a recognised UK professional qualification at RSci Tech or Eng Tech level as the group has been working with recognised industry bodies such as IMechE, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), IChemE and the Science and Engineering Councils.

Trailblazer Standards Development

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. Cogent also tracks and monitors the development and progress of other science, health or engineering standards led by other Trailblazer Groups and these may also be of interest to SIP members. If you require further information, want to contribute information or be involved in the development of new standards please contact Phil Bather at Cogent Skills phil.bather@cogentskills.com

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Apprenticeship Levy > Making the Apprenticeship Levy work for companies in the sector.
National Standards > A science industry sector standards plan.
New Skills Solutions > New skills products and solutions essential for employers in the sector to develop their staff.
Careers A strong recruitment pipeline through the growing SIP ambassador network.
Training Providers A Quality Assured network of Training Providers.
Member Networking > An essential network of science industries working together.
Member Services rates > SIP Members get priority access to a range of skills services at reduced rates.

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