Cogent’s relationship with stakeholders in regional and national government is lead by Jaine Chisholm-Caunt
, Stakeholder and Policy Director.
Jaine’s team works directly with the Devolved Administrations and
with English Regions including the Regional Development Agencies. We
also through the network of regional managers and regional boards
operated by the National Skills Academies.
Cogent continues to manage a team of UK-wide industry leads who
articulate the strategic priorities of each industry and coordinate
high-level consultations via the Cogent Industry Advisory Councils.
Train to Gain
funding: In 2009/10 Cogent rolled out our Sector Compact, which
accessed £50m of LSC Train to Gain funding for employers in our
industries. In the first year, 468 companies and 9366 learners
benefited from Train to Gain provision. In addition, 17,965 learners
enrolled on Cogent related qualifications (levels 1- 4) an increase of
8% over the previous year.
SSC clusters: In response to the Government ‘s Industrial Strategy
set out in the New Industry, New Jobs White Paper UKCES invited SSCs to
form clusters to develop skills strategies for the emerging
technologies/growth areas set out in the White Paper. Cogent led on
Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals and made a major input into Advanced
Manufacturing, Low Carbon and Engineering Construction.
Improvement/Productivity and Competitiveness initiative is an LSC
funded project run by the Manufacturing Alliance of Sector Skills
Councils, (MSA), As well as upskilling Productivity and Competitiveness
(PAC) analysts and BIT providers, the project is aimed at encouraging
companies in the alliance footprint to take up BIT NVQs.
now a National Skills Academy Process Industries product, with a
network of PAC analysts and BIT providers to support it.
Please contact Chas Hubbard
, our England Manager, for further information.
Cogent works with
the National Skills Academies and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to
explore the impact of nuclear decommissioning on the workforce, and to
match the skills audits of the SCQF (Scottish Credit &
Qualifications Framework) to identify transferable skills to other
The high level technical skills within the nuclear industry are
key to many of the priority industries in Scotland and the workforce is
well placed to capitalise on the growth of the renewables industry.
As lead in the Manufacturing Skills Alliance in Scotland, Cogent
has developed its first report on improving cross-sectoral skills for
the benefit of employers and the Scottish economy.
As an integral part of the wider Chemical Sciences Scotland (CSS)
initiative, which is supported by Scottish Enterprise, Cogent is
working with industry, providers and stakeholders to review the
relevance of qualifications and how to improve workforce development
now and in the future.
Please contact Paul Coffey
, our Scotland Manger, for further information
successfully bid to WAG’s (Welsh Assembly Government’s) European
funding strategy, the Sector Priorities Fund. We will develop a
collaborative plan to roll out the Gold Standard across industry in
Our Wales Manager Andrew Evans
has worked with the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong
Learning and Skills (DCELLS) to put together a Wales Action Plan that
meets the needs of Cogent and WAG.
Cogent has continued negotiations with Murco and Valero in
Pembrokeshire together with Pembroke College and the University of
Glamorgan to develop a Foundation Degree for Downstream Petroleum.
chairs the Manufacturing Skills Alliance in Northern Ireland. The
initiative is supported by Department for Employment & Learning
(DEL), and aims to help employers improve in areas such as efficiency,
output and supply chain management.
Working in partnership with industry bodies such as the Northern
Ireland Polymers Association DEL, Cogent is developing new
qualifications to help the workforce improve their skills for the
benefit of both individuals and business.
Cogent, supported by DEL, is investigating industry needs and
working with the FE sector and Universities to identify qualifications
to support the future success of polymer composite materials and sign
making. These are either areas where qualifications don’t exist or are
not suitable for today’s industry
In addition to developing the skills needed by industry for the
future, Cogent also works with employers and agencies to promote
careers in science-based industries. Recently DEL funded a project to
create video profiles of Northern Ireland-based employees, which are
available on its Careers Pathways web site
Please contact Hugh McGurk
, our Northern Ireland Manager, for further information