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Cogent Skills apprenticeship and graduate services have been supporting science industry employers to attract, retain and develop people who can contribute to business success since 2012.

Whether you’re an employer looking to fill skills gaps or utilise your Apprenticeship Levy, or you’re looking for your next career step, we have an expert team with years of experience to guide you along the way.

Just some of the leading science companies we work with:


Stephen Foreman is the first point of contact for any company that wants to see how our employer services can benefit their business. Stephen has a wealth of knowledge in helping science based companies fill their skills gaps, utilise levy, recruit new talent and use our outsourced employment service to overcome headcount restrictions or support apprenticeship programmes. Take a look at services and have a free consultation with Stephen today

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Pfizer is one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, discovering, developing and providing over 160 different medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products to help improve the lives of millions of people in the UK and around the world every year. Pfizer is also one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers according to Rate My Apprenticeship.



Amgen is one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies who launch new medicines that reach millions of patients worldwide. Amgen use cutting-edge science and technology to study the subtlest biological mechanisms in search of therapies that will improve the lives of those who suffer from serious diseases. Amgen were also named in the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ list for 2019 by FORTUNE Magazine.



Lonza is a leading supplier to the life science industries. Lonza focus on creating a healthy environment, promoting a healthier lifestyle and preventing illness through consumers' preventive healthcare, as well as improving patient healthcare by supporting customers to deliver innovative medicines that help treat or even cure severe diseases.



Allergan, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a bold, global pharmaceutical company. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercialising branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.



ConocoPhillips is the world's largest independent exploration and production company, producing crude oil and natural gas globally. Across 16 countries of operations, 10,800 people work for ConocoPhillips. In 2018, ConocoPhillips were named as a Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes.



Huntsman is a global manufacturer of chemicals and aims to enrich lives through innovation by developing products that make a vibrant world possible for future generations. Huntsman serve a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets, including: transportation, home life, construction, energy and fuels, and clothing and footwear.



Alpek produce in excess of 350,000 tonnes of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) resin chips every year. Capacity they are able to meet thanks to the dedication of their strong workforce of skilled engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff. Alpek are one of the preferred partners for converters and brand owners throughout Europe.



SABIC is one of the world’s leading petrochemical companies, operating on Teesside since 2006, through its subsidiary, SABIC UK Petrochemicals Limited. SABIC currently employees over 500 FTE manufacturing employees across Teesside as well as over 400 contractors, all helping to run and maintain the assets safely and efficiently.



AstraZeneca is a global pharmaceutical company with a major UK presence, employing 6,500 employees across five sites in the UK and supporting around 35,000 other jobs. Their purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. AstraZeneca believe the best way to help patients is to be science-led and share this passion with the scientific, healthcare and business communities of the UK.



Venator are focused on delivering pigments and additives that make a difference to daily life and contribute to a more sustainable future. Developed by a talented team of experts, who are committed to continuous, customer-focused innovation, Venator products are marketed globally to a diversified group of customers. Worldwide we operate 24 facilities and employ more than 4,300 people, who serve customers in more than 110 countries.



UCB is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on creating value for people living with severe diseases in immunology and neurology. UCB employ 7,500 people across the globe and is on a journey to become the patient-preferred biopharma leader by delivering medicines and solutions that improve lives.



Danone are a leading global food & beverage company who aim to inspire healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking practices. Danone has a strong belief that the health of people and the health of the planet are interconnected, in line with their vision “One Planet. One Health”. Danone deliberately concentrate on high-growth and health-focused categories, and commit to operating in an efficient, sustainable and responsible manner.


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