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george ritchie senior vice president hr it industrial park services sembcorp utilities uk limited
George RitchieSenior Vice President – HR, IT & Industrial Park ServicesSembcorp Utilities (UK) Limited
  • A member of NEPIC’s Leadership Team – Chairman of the Skills & Education Engagement Strategy Group
  • A Board member of Cogent Sector Skills Council, representing Chemicals and Audit Committee
  • Chairman for the Chemicals Advisory Council
  • Chairman of the North East Regional Skills Board for the National Skills Academy for the Process Industries
  • Project Director/Overview Director for the Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme (TVAP)
  • A North East Region Apprenticeship Ambassador for National Apprenticeship Service
Skills Team

Education & Engagement Team

Overlapping projects

Focused on GDP gap closure

Defining resources and meeting needs

New process, bio and engineering technician courses and standards

Graduate and Higher level projects inc. Skills and leadership

Identifying and addressing skill gaps and shortages

Competency framework

School Leaver

Support to National Academy

Qualifications, Diplomas & curriculum development

Adult resourcing and re-training provisions

Ongoing team support and infrastructure –articulation of industry needs

Developing industry career models

Underpinning & infrastructure

SEU support projects

Expanding best sub-regional practice throughout the region e.g. Tees Valley SEU

New education projects

Develop and implement strategy to engage young people

Engaging communities through corporate social responsibility

Start Feb/Mar 07

26 trainees (Proc)

Available Oct 07

18 years minimum

Process & Eng Post Graduates

All adults

Short conversion


19-24 years

3 year programme

Old PPO1/2

Overseas Process

& Engineering

Adult available



Armed Forces

Accredited 19-24 yrs

Overseas Recruitment



Training Providers

Sustainable & growing

Process industry


Sector Skills

Batch & Process

Tech Apps


STEP Studentship


16-18 yrs

16-21 years

Process. Multi Skilled. 4 yrs sponsored Consortium

All ages.

Process. 3 yrs sponsored. Commences 2007. Consortium

UK & Overseas. New & experienced

Overseas Process & Engineering adult available

0-6 months

All disciplines.


7-12 months

12-48 months

education engagement
Education Engagement

Proposal put forward for activities that could be made to break-even

Because of loss of public funding these would be reliant on partial sponsorship from businesses

Continuing to offer Planetarium and Science Show in the meantime

STEMPOINT Northumberland contract ended March 2011. New contract holder to be sought for Tyne & Wear/ Northumberland jointly.

education team
Education Team

3 out of 4 staff in Education Team have left

Last member is expected to leave September

Administration support now from Wilton office when necessary

In discussion with potential handover of the planetarium – to be decided with MSD

Considering how to ensure other assets are utilised for the benefit of schools and industry

continuing education input
Continuing Education Input

Universities and others, such as A4e continue to offer education engagement

Chemistry Jamboree may be continued by Newcastle/ Northumbria Universities

CCI will continue whilst funded by members – due for renewal in Summer! Wilton Site companies will continue CCI for their area

Hopefully NEPIC members will find ways to continue to offer support to schools local to their sites

Educationalists cannot be expected to know about us if we don’t make an effort to educate them!!


Strategic Account

Tyne Wear Dev

Regional Development Agency

One North East






Training Providers


Job Centre+

Skills Funding Agency



Young People Learning Agency

Local Authority



BENE, Business Enterprise North East, (Business Link)

NAS, National Apprenticeship Service

NEPIC, North East Process Industry Cluster

UKTI, United Kingdom Trade and Industry

NBS, Northumberland Business Service

Strategic Account, Tyne and Wear dev Company and Tees Valley Unlimited

our mission
Our Mission

To meet the skill needs of the Cogent industries to

allow them to compete successfully

We are doing this through:

• Being the voice of employers on skills

• Designing qualifications

• Attracting young people into the Sector

• Understanding industry skills needs

cogent our footprint
Cogent – our footprint

Cogent Industries:

  • Petroleum
  • Oil & Gas
  • Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Bioscience
  • Polymers
  • Nuclear
cogent ssc ltd board of directors
PetroleumJohn Llewellyn – [email protected] T: 01646 696430 Brian Worrall – [email protected] T: 0207 719 3183Cogent SSC Ltd Board of Directors

Polymers *Chris Horton – Linpac Plastics UK

[email protected] T: 01977 636508 Brian McCann - Clarehill Plastics

[email protected] T: 02892 612672

Specialist KnowledgeNigel [email protected] T: 07801 979024 Chris Hunt – [email protected] T: 0207 632 9881

AcademiaAmarjit Basi – Walsall College

[email protected] T: 01922 6570123


CogentKarl Gorge – Finance [email protected] 01925 515228Joanna Woolf - CEO [email protected] 01925 515209

UnionsTony Burke – Unite (Amicus section)

[email protected] T: 0207 420 8900

Dai Hudd – Prospect

[email protected] T: 0207 902 6600

Chemicals George Ritchie – SembCorp [email protected]: 01642 212005Steve Westhead – Solutia UK

[email protected] T: 01633 754320

PharmaceuticalsChris Lewis - AstraZeneca

[email protected] T: 01625 513377

John McConnell – Aesica [email protected] T: 0191 2181960

Nuclear*David Barber – EDF Energy

[email protected]: 01452 652222Ian Hudson – NDA

[email protected] T: 01925 802154

NSA Process IndustryAllan Laing - Pentagon Specialty Chemicals Ltd [email protected], T. 0151 422 3384

ChairJohn Beacham [email protected] T: 01928 563330

October 2010

* National Skills Academies


Pharmaceutical and Pharma Biotechnology

Life Sciences – with a focus on research

Chemicals and Industrial Biotechnology

George Ritchie



Value Chain for Cogent and Academies



Valued by employers

NOS, modular qualifications and industry standard training

Level 2 - Degree

Employer Demand

Quality Assured


Employee CPD Learning

  • Employer Engagement
  • Industry strategy
  • Job and Training Standards
  • Education and qualification needs
  • Skills gaps and shortages
  • Research
  • LMI Forecasting skills supply and demand
  • Education & Qualifications
  • Qualification development and reform
  • Apprenticeship frameworks
  • Common Industry Standard
  • Skills Infrastructure
  • Sector Compact
  • Funding
  • Train to Gain Brokerage
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Project Funding
  • Policy
  • Employer Engagement
  • Individual companies – skills, training and recruitment issues
  • Union identified issues
  • Delivering solutions
  • Product & Services
  • Skills Passports
  • Training Needs Assessment (ASET)
  • Industry Standard Training
  • Brokerage
  • Providers
  • Quality Assured Provider Network

Secure Funding




Cogent’s focus is towards the left side of the Value Chain – developing strategic skills action plans, considering future business environments and the implications on skills, as well as setting standards and representing the employer voice.

At the other end of the Value Chain the National Skills Academies engage with employers and then commission and deliver skills solutions, products and services to meet their needs.




Industry training


Products and platforms

Job Standards


The Industry Standards Setting Body

Industry qualifications and training standards – we will hear more on this shortly from Ian...

Policy Context
  • Coalition Policy
  • Deficit reduction
  • Free markets replacing managed markets for skills
  • Increase in tuition fees in H.E
  • Setting FE Free
New Funding Regime

“Customer power…pay more, expect more”

joint investment programme
Joint Investment Programme
  • Our JIP proposal approved by the Skills Funding Agency
  • The Cogent/Process Academy bid has secured over £2m – to be matched by employers
  • Full qualifications in Year 1
  •  Unit/awards based training Year 2

 For example:

Resource Efficiency

Gold Standard Leadership & Management

Certificate in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Based Process Operations

  • Providers for Year 1 signed-up: delivery commences this month
Demand by 2017
  • Demand - 120,000 in science-related occupations:
    • managers - 39,000
    • professionals - 20,000
    • associated professionals - 24,000
    • machine operatives - 24,000
    • skilled trades - 13,000
    • Focus from NEPIC employers for help with skills development needs etc...
    • National Skills Academy – The One Stop Shop

Don Atkinson

Regional Account Manager- North East

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

T: 01642 777719

M: 07971 438720

[email protected]

George Ritchie

SVP HR, IT & Industrial Park Services

Sembcorp Utilities (UK) Ltd

T: 01642 212005

M: 07773 812005

[email protected]

John Wayman

DirectorNational Apprenticeship ServiceT: 0191 4926348

M: 07776 348 252

[email protected]

Simon WigingtonEmployer Services Manager

National Apprenticeship ServiceT: 0191 4926418

M: 07880 [email protected]

Alan Wallace

Employer Services Director

National Apprenticeship Service

T: 07810 153877M: 07799 6911379

[email protected]

Dr Ian Mains

Commercial Director

National Skills Academy Process Industries

T: 01325 740 900

M: 07894 483691

[email protected]

Roger Langford

Key Account Director

The National Skills Academy Process Industries

T: 01928 515678

M: 07894 483695

[email protected]

Heather Smithson

Project Manager

Tees Valley Apprenticeship Programme

T: 01325 740 916

M: 07860 505 018

[email protected]