Science Minister David Willetts announced (8 July) a £52 million investment in new and emerging science talent, creating more than 7,800 education and skills opportunities over a two-year period. Speaking at a Science Industrial Partnership (SIP) Board meeting – a new consortium of science sector employers – the Minister formally announced the group’s success in bidding into the Government’s Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot fund (EOP). The new Partnership, will design the vocational training and skills programmes that the life sciences, chemicals and industrial science sectors need to thrive and compete in the global economy.
The Partnership will deliver:
- 1,360 apprenticeships: Based on a new, simple employer-owned system delivering work-ready apprentices
- 240 Traineeships: A new work experience programme for young people pursuing a science- based careers
- 150 Industry Degrees: A radical new approach to graduate development, focused on employer skills needs and graduate employability
- 230 Modular Masters Modules: A new modular route to deliver high tech post-graduate skills in the workplace
- 5,900 Workforce Development opportunities: Increasing technical and management capability of the workforce
- STEM Careers: A cross-sectoral proposal to attract young people into STEM jobs
The SIP is a real partnership and “Lotte Chemical” are proud to be part of the SIP Board who will work together to drive the skills agenda forward.