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Unite the Union

November 06, 2007 19:01 ET

Unite welcomes national skills academy for process industries

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 6, 2007) -

EMBARGOED: 12:00 Wednesday, 7th November 2007

Minister for Skills, David Lammy will today (Wednesday, 7th November) announce that proposal to develop a unique National Skills Academy for the Process Industries (chemicals, pharmaceuticals and polymers) has won approval from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

The Academy will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogent, the Sector Skills Council for the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nuclear, oil and gas, petroleum and polymer industries. It follows the successful announcement of a National Skills Academy (NSA) for Nuclear, also led by Cogent.

The NSA Process Industries will develop a standards-based approach to education, training and skills development of the current workforce, across the industry. The new NSA will also ensure the next generation of highly trained, highly motivated employees who will be needed to sustain and grow these strategically important industries.

David Lammy, Minister for Skills, said:

"I am delighted to officially announce the approval of the National Skills Academy Process Industries. I congratulate the Shadow Board of the NSA Process Industries, along with Cogent, the Sector Skills Council concerned.

Unite Assistant General Secretary and Cogent Board member, Tony Burke, said: "Unite welcomes the Government's approval for a National Skills Academy for the Process Industries. These important industries, which include chemicals, pharmaceuticals and polymers, face both skills gaps and skills shortages. This clear investment in the skills of the workforce is vital to the long term success of the sector and for the workforce.

"We see this as a real opportunity to develop workforce skills in this strategically important sector of the UK economy. The National Skills Academy will create opportunities for employers and employees to increase participation in the skills development in their companies. If the sector is to compete and develop to meet the challenges we all face, skills development must be at the top of everyone's agenda."

Unite looks forward to playing a key role within the sector skills academy.

Joanna Woolf, Cogent CEO, said: "We have long shared employers' determination to make the National Skills Academy Process Industries a reality and we are delighted that we can now move ahead supporting employers right across the sector to upskill their employees so they perform their jobs to world-class standards. This in turn will boost efficiency, productivity and innovation."

Contact Information

  • Tony Burke
    07831 659939
    Ashraf Choudhury
    in the Unite press office
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761