Cogent Skills board appoints new tank storage industry employer representative

Cogent Skills has announced that Katie Woods-Ruddick, head of HR at px, which provides operations management, engineering services and energy management solutions, has been appointed to the board of Cogent Skills.

Woods-Ruddick will represent the skills interests of members of the Tank Storage Association (TSA), who are engaged in the storage of bulk liquids such as crude oil, petroleum and chemical, as well as the provision of related products and services to a range of industrial sectors.

Cogent Skills is the UK’s sector skills body for the advancement of science and technology skills required by industries including chemicals, downstream petroleum, process manufacturing, life sciences and medical technologies.

Woods-Ruddick’s position with px means that she will bring insight into key focus areas across the sector, including apprenticeships, process safety, engineering skills and competence management.

“I am delighted to join the Cogent Skills Board and look forward to working together with board members from companies across the sector to address the future challenges we face in the UK,” commented Woods-Ruddick. “My role will be to ensure that the tank storage sector’s distinctive skills needs are considered at an industry level including considerations around the Apprenticeship Levy, standards and attraction of a new talent pipeline.”

Joanna Woolf, CEO of Cogent Skills, added: “We are delighted that Katie is joining the Cogent Skills board, bringing an expert view on ensuring the skills needs of the industrial sciences sector are being met and particularly in ensuring that Cogent Skills represents the tank storage sector on key areas of government skills policy, including skills investment and technical and vocational education.

“Cogent Skills represents the skills interests of companies in a key strategic sector of the economy. The px group’s continued representation on the Cogent Skills Board will add to this strength. This sector faces a number of skills challenges, not least the need to increase the supply and take-up of apprenticeships and we look forward to tackling these challenges head on to ensure a highly skilled, resilient and sustainable sector workforce.”

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