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Investment in new and emerging science talent
by Susie Hughes at 16:26 09/07/14 (News on Business)
One of the core areas where contractors' skills are most in demand is in the science, technology, and engineering sectors.
Now the Government has launched a new partnership, led by GlaxoSmithKline, which 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.

Science Minister David Willetts has announced a 52 million investment in new and emerging science talent, creating more than 7,800 education and skills opportunities over a two year period.

The Science Industry 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 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.

It is hoped that this cross-sectoral proposal to attract young people into STEM professions (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

University and Science Minister David Willetts said: "The science based industries are critical to our future prosperity and higher skills are the key driver of their competitiveness. Our investment will help the industry to take the lead investing in the skills they need."

The Government will be contributing 32.6 million, with 20 million from employers, alongside 31 million in-kind contributions. This will fund a range of ultimately self-sustaining activities expected to improve skills in these sectors.

Steve Elliott Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association said: "The Science Industry Partnership is a unique opportunity for the industry to address current and future skills challenges identified through the work of the Chemistry Growth Partnership and elsewhere. By implementing the Science Industry Partnership we will be able to deliver all of the exciting potential of the UK science industries to benefit society as a whole and create a new generation of science workers."

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