About Cogent
Cogent is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Nuclear, Oil and Gas, Petroleum and Polymer Industries. We are licensed by Government to help employers in these science-using industries to address their workforce development needs so that they can compete successfully.
What do we do?

  • The voice of employers on skills: we are providing the collective voice of employers on skills to influence Government and public providers of skills, education and training.
  • Designing qualifications: we are developing fit-for-purpose and future-focused, standards-based qualifications.
  • Attracting young people into the Sector: we are working to attract young people into the Cogent Sector; helping to shape the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum and promoting careers. 
  • Understanding industry skills needs: through our in-depth labour market research we are providing an industry-by-industry picture of skills

Cogent has a unique place in the UK’s skills infrastructure and we operate or engage  at every level of training and. The development of vocational and professional education and fit for purpose qualifications lies at the heart of our work.

Our work is underpinned by Cogent’s highly regarded Labour Market Information (LMI) and world-class standards- including the Cogent Gold Standard.

Each year we increase and improve our  engagement with employers, and we now have  1500 active companies providing a voice for employer demand. The establishment of the two National Skills Academies has allowed Cogent to reach out to much larger numbers of employers and learners and to work with providers.

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