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Current Projects and Consultations
Project Title
Sustainable Business Practice Cogent are leading a project within the UKCES Timelines Pilot.  The aim of the pilot is to test whether the new streamlined process, proposed by UKCES, is capable of reducing the development timeline for National Occupational Standards (NOS) and qualifications.  Cogent will test this process in the context of developing cross sector NOS and qualifications linked to ‘Sustainable Business Practice    The cross sectoral NOS for Sustainable Business Practice will seek to define the common skills and knowledge needed to ensure the sustainable development of a business.  The standards will represent a business perspective on sustainability and encompass the themes of efficiency, competitiveness and corporate and social responsibility.  The standards will be sufficiently broad to apply to any industry sector and to cover the range of different levels of responsibility.    For further information on the project, and to view the draft NOS and qualifications please click here
National Occupational Standards
There are a number of projects which  Cogent is working on:

  • Safety Case
  • Jetty Operations
  • Nuclear Regulators
  • Transportation of Radioactive Material
  • Research to see if NOS for Packaging are 'fit for purpose'

Please contact Helen Murray for further information, please click on the link or telephone 01925 515231
14-19 Diplomas
Cogent works in partnership on the development of Diplomas - Engineering, Manufacturing & Product Design and Science - along with other SSCs including Improve ltd, EU Skills, Skillfast, Proskills and SEMTA.  The Diplomas represent new, world class qualifications designed to stretch and challenge young people whether they are wanting to continue learning or go into the workplace
Nuclear Industry Training Framework
The Nuclear Industry Training Framework (NITF) will provide a database of qualifications and training relevant to the Nuclear Industry. It will make available a platform for enabling continuous professional development and upskilling of employees in the Nuclear Industry.
Apprenticeship Review
(England & Wales)
After the meeting of the AAG on the 17th July. Some amendments will need to be completed before approval. The main issues are around Technical Certificates in the Process Technology and Polymer Apprenticeships
Community Apprenticeships
Humber Process Technicians:
This project will have its launch on the 1 December 2008 at CATCH with about 20 apprentices starting in September 2008.

East of England Energy Apprenticeships:
This project is now making progress with a draft qualification structure to be discussed with employers in the next few months. Discussions underway with LSC about funding this Pre Apprenticeship. 
Higher Level Apprenticeships
A working group has now been established in Cogent to look at the possibilities of High Level Apprenticeships within the Cogent footprint. 
Mapping Technical Standards
Institute of Engineering Technology (IET)
Looking at mapping some of our Process qualifications to Engineering Technician
Institute of Materials (IOM3)
At present in discussions to map over some of our Polymer Qualifications in order to build a bigger Cogent profile with this Institution  
SHE Qualification
Cogent has developed a Level 2 Safety, Health and Environment Qualification with NEBOSH. The project has reached pilot stage which will be delivered by NSAPI. Contact Liz Rooney for how to get involved as an employer or provider.
Award for Nuclear Industry Awareness
The Award which is available from PAA\VQ-SET and is accredited by Ofqual, has been designed by the nuclear industry. It provides individuals who are either new to or who have recently joined nuclear sector with a foundation level of understanding of the nuclear industry. It covers:
  • key aspects of the industry‚Äôs history
  • conventional safety
  • nuclear safety
  • operations
  • waste management
  • security requirements
Industry Training Standards
Industry Training Standards have been developed to provide industry-wide agreed common training for a range of disciplines that are currently being implemented across the nuclear industry. 

The development of these important standards has taken place in consultation with many subject area experts including the Association of Project Managers, The UK Asbestos Training Association, ECITB, Health Protection Agency, St John Ambulance and the UK Nuclear Human Performance Forum.

The Training Standards are embedded in Job Contexts, identified on the Cogent Skills Match Tool and via the Nuclear Skills Passport.  The development programme for Industry Training Standards is attached.  Click here to view the approved Industry Training Standards.

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