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Cogent is the UK's industry skills body for chemical, pharmaceutical, nuclear, petroleum, polymers and life sciences business.

Cogent are an employer led Sector Skills Council that work to develop standards for the Science based industries.

They aim:

  • To be the collective voice of employers with regards to skills and to use this position to influence Government and public providers of skills, education and training.
  • To attract young people into the Sector and to help shape the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum.
  • To develop qualifications and standards that are fit for use today but also focused on future needs.
  • To continually undertake in-depth labour market research in order to ensure that they provide a current, industry-by-industry picture of the skills needs.

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

Cogent have continued to expand and 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.


Proskills UK is an employer-led organisation that represents the interests of the industries that make up the process and manufacturing sector to government.

Proskills work in collaboration with employers in order to ensure the sustainability of the industries that make up the process and manufacturing sectors. These are:

  • Building Products
  • Coatings
  • Ceramics
  • Extractives
  • Glass
  • Furniture
  • Paper
  • Print
  • Wood

Their primary focus is on developing standards and qualifications, researching industry needs and trends and engaging with employers through the Industry Boards, with the Government and their agencies, as well as with other partner organisations.

They aim to coordinate the development and delivery of a sustainable, employer-driven education and skills programme to the process and manufacturing sector through an accredited training provider network. They will also be responsible for the development of a wide range of employer-endorsed products and services.

Additionally, Proskills is the lead for generic Health and Safety and are now custodians of the original ENTO national occupational standards for generic H&S.

As lead in this key area Proskills have the responsibility for:

  • Managing H&S cross sector projects
  • Reviewing the National Occupational Standards for generic H&S
  • Development of a Sector Qualifications Strategy(SQS)
  • Providing early dialogue for development and approval of vocational H&S qualifications
  • Developing and managing a Modern Apprenticeship framework for H&S