Online consultation sites are now available to support the review of benchmark industry standards within the food and drink sector.
Industry skills body the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink is urging businesses to have their say on the review of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Food Safety and Food Science & Technology. Business involvement will ensure the benchmark industry standards of performance and effective working keep pace with changing industry needs.
Food Safety NOS form the basis of stand-alone food safety qualifications as well as being integral to every single competency based qualification in the food and drink industry. In addition, retailers impose food safety requirements on food manufacturing businesses through their supplier specifications either individually or through BRC (WRC/SRC) accreditation. This consultation requires substantial and wide-ranging consultation across the sector.
Food Science and Technology NOS – these also underpin a range of qualifications and form the basis for the SVQ in Food Technology (Scotland) and IVQ in Food Industry Skills (Wales) – both of these are part of apprenticeship frameworks. Our industry thrives on innovation and NOS underpin the delivery of apprenticeships in a subject area where there are significant industry shortages. Consultation is particularly welcomed from new product development and quality teams in food businesses as well as from key institutions and organisations with interest in the profession.
Food Safety and Technology and Science are not mutually exclusive and the same employers may wish to consult on both sets of NOS so we will ensure that we maximise opportunities.
NSAFD would like businesses to get involved by completing the online consultations in the following areas:
The deadline for responses is Friday 20th December.