NOS (National Occupational Standards) Development

What are NOS (National Occupational Standards)?

A NOS (National Occupational Standard) is a document that describes the knowledge, skills, and understanding that an individual should demonstrate to complete their job role to a nationally recognised level of competence.

The NOS focuses on what the individual should be able to do as well as what they must know and understand to work effectively. Each NOS contains agreed definitions of knowledge, understanding, and performance criteria that an individual needs to meet in order to be deemed competent.

NOS can be used for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Awarding bodies can use NOS as the basis for vocational qualifications such as apprenticeships
  • Employers can use NOS to create job descriptions and training plans
  • Individuals can use NOS to match their skills and experience to different job roles

Pan-Sector NOS Library

As a Skills Sector Body, we have developed and maintained NOS (National Occupational Standards) for pan-sector occupations for over 20 years. Click the job title listed below to access the NOS for that role.

NOS Development

NOS development starts with research into how the role works in the workplace. To do this, we reach out to employers, professionals, and stakeholders from multiple sectors to get first-hand accounts of the role in practice. This input allows us to define the core competencies and responsibilities for the role, as well as to identify any key trends, developments, and opportunities for progression.

When the initial round of consultations is complete, we create a new (or update the existing) NOS document based on our findings. We then go back to all stakeholders and respondents to consult on the new NOS version. This feedback ensures that the updated NOS document is relevant and fit for its purpose. Once approved, the new document becomes the working NOS for that job role.

Our work in the development and maintenance of NOS ensures that the skills and competencies of employees across multiple sectors are relevant and defined. We work with employers, employer groups, and training providers to maintain a wide range of NOS.

Your voice is vital to this process. By contributing to our NOS development consultations, you will help to shape the future of skills in your industry.

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Your Voice is Vital

Define the skills your industry needs.

For work-based learning to truly match the range of challenges that you face it’s essential that apprenticeships and training are continuously developed. This is where we come in.

We work with employers, employer groups, and training providers to maintain and update a range of National Occupational Standards (NOS). Through staged consultations, we ensure that qualifications work for learners, employers, and skills bodies alike.

To have your say on the future of skills that affect your business, please register for consultation updates today.

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