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), in areas varying from specialist sub-sectors. Business involvement will ensure the benchmark industry standards of performance and effective working keep pace with changing industry needs.
NOS set down industry expectations of performance and achievement in the roles and the specific knowledge and skills staff need to perform effectively. The NOS for the food and drink sector form the basis of industry qualifications and are used to inform professional development.
They describe what an individual needs to do, know and understand in order to carry out a particular job role or function. NOS set out industry-agreed benchmarks for expected job performance and the specific knowledge and skills necessary to do the job well.
NOS form the bedrock of qualification design and training and learning content – including apprenticeships across the devolved nations – and whilst they are no longer technically required in England nevertheless they are still widely used by many to aid the design and development of qualifications and learning materials.
For NOS to be accurate they rely on industry inputting into them so they reflect the most recent technological or process methods, hygiene standards or working practices.
We now welcome input from businesses like yours to make sure they fully reflect your needs. The NSAFD is carrying out consultation with employers, associates and industry experts across the UK in all four nations. This is your opportunity to review and, where required, revise/update the current NOS to reflect the needs of the industry.
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