The Cosmetics Cluster UK (CCUK), along with project partners, Cosmetic Executive Women UK (CEW), The Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA) The UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS), CATCH and the London College of Beauty Therapy (LCBT) is spearheading an initiative to produce a white paper that encompasses:


Building awareness of the cosmetic industry and the science behind it with educators


Promoting an industry which offers opportunities for the employment and training of women and an exciting way of engaging more girls into STEM subjects


Mapping the beauty, cosmetics and toiletries businesses in the UK


Identifying relevant education and training establishments and mapping the specific courses available


Defining skills gaps


Developing a national curriculum fit for the industry needs


Producing careers pathways for schools, colleges and training providers


Demonstrating increased employability in the industry across manufacturing, product development, R&D, support services and beauty services


A key outcome of the project is to build awareness of the UK’s 4th biggest and strongly growing industrial sector and the value of careers within the industry. 

We are writing a white paper to share with employers, education providers, government and partners towards helping to identify gaps and opportunities in training and skills provision. 

An important element of this project is to research the education and career pathways of people already working in the industry

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