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Skills Insights

Skills analysis and insight for smarter decision making.
Our research and analysis draws upon the cumulative expertise and experience of our member community and is a trusted source of data across a range of skills issues. Whether it’s apprenticeships, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion or labour market intelligence, our unique surveys and reports add evidence-based authority to help you plan, benchmark and make business decisions with confidence.
SIP members can access the very best skills support via a comprehensive calendar of webinars and workshops covering a variety of skills topics
relevant to your business. And as an employer led membership group, there are plenty of opportunities for you to set the agenda.

A skills manifesto for the science industries

Endless changes to apprenticeships and technical education present a serious risk to the development of future talent. On behalf of employers, the SIP Skills Manfisto calls out the need for greater trust, credibility and clarity around developing technical skills.
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APPRENTICESHIP SURVEY 2020

An evidence base on how the Apprenticeship system is working and what changes the sector would like to see. This report provides insight into the use of Apprenticeships and their funding after examining data from employers across the UK science industry.
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2030 Skills Strategy

The Life Sciences 2030 Skills Strategy is an employer-led piece of work produced by the Futures Group – a collaboration between SIP employers, Office for Life Sciences (OLS), Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and BioIndustry Association (BIA).

The Skills Strategy 2030 delivers the Blueprint for the People Pillar of the Life Sciences Sector Deal, driving productivity and promoting confidence in doing business in the UK.
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Latest News

Apprenticeship Off-the-job Guidance- Blog 2
2 December 2022
This blog will focus on the delivery, documentation, and evidence of off-the-job training within apprenticeships. Documenting…
Apprenticeship Off-the-job Guidance- Blog 1
2 December 2022
This blog will focus on introducing the policy, what counts as off-the-job training and how it…
Autumn Statement – Skills highlights
18 November 2022
Appointment of Adviser on Skills Reform - The government recognises that skills are crucial in driving…
Join #TheBigConversation 
27 October 2022
We welcome all Employers, apprentices, and providers to join the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education…
Life Sciences: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) report for the UK
27 October 2022
In 2021, the Futures group launched its 'Life Sciences: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I)' report for…
Sector collaborates as Cogent take first steps to produce a low-carbon skills ‘greenprint’.
14 October 2022
More than 40 people from over 25 different companies joined us over a successful three days.…

Tomorrows Success Starts Here

Apprenticeship Support

We provide expert guidance for your new or existing apprenticeship programmes. With practical one to one consultancy covering everything from apprenticeship standards funding and assessment to developing the skills and knowledge of your team.

Careers Outreach

Build a pipeline of future talent, positively impact your community and create an uplifting and impactful experience for your employees. Our SIP Ambassador programme provides a comprehensive outreach solution to train, develop and support your workforce as they inspire the next generation.

Skills Insight

Science is a crucial driver of the economy – our productivity increasingly relies upon technological advances and, in particular high-level vocational and applied science skills.

Future Ready

Cogent Skills is sector based, working with companies from across the Science Industries embracing Life Sciences, Industrial Sciences and Nuclear.
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