Widespread business involvement vital to setting new bedrock standards for UK food and drink sector says industry skills academy

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:22

Industry skills body the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink is urging food businesses across the UK to have their say on the review of building block standards designed to drive professional job performance in the food and drink sector.

NSAFD has issued an open invite for food firms to get involved in a review of National Occupational Standards (NOS), varying from specialist sub-sector areas such as Meat & Poultry, Fish & Shellfish, Brewing and Fresh Produce to standards for Business and People, Product Development and Support Operations. 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 Standards form the basis of industry qualifications and are used to inform professional development as well as resource management.

In Scotland, industry agreement to revised NOS will directly inform development and reviews of Scottish Vocational Qualifications and Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, NOS will be used underpin existing Apprenticeships and qualifications, inform future qualifications and ensure learning content remains fit for purpose. 

NSAFD is inviting businesses to participate in the reviews through online consultation, telephone or face-to-face consultation or through a series of focussed workshops in Scotland in September and October to provide feedback on the content of the NOS.

The results will then be shared with the industry for wider confirmation prior to sign off later this year by relevant Government bodies across the 4 nations.

The full list of National Occupational Standards reviews for 2018-19:

Food Business Strategic Leadership

  • Provide Strategic Management
  • Provide Leadership
  • Ensure Governance
  • Support Organisational Development and Change

Food Business Operational Management

  • Provide Operational Management
  • Manage Information

Food Business Resource Development

  • Maintain Resources and Control Finance
  • Develop and Assess Colleagues
  • Recruit and Support Colleagues
  • Manage Technology

Food Business Growth and Development

  • Analyse Business Environment to Aid Development and Decision Making
  • Look for Business Opportunities
  • Manage Relationships
  • Extending Enterprise across the Food Supply Chain

Food Business Marketing and Customer Service

  • Sell and Market Products
  • Provide Customer Service

Engineering Maintenance (minor review of small number of NOS)

Product Development

Meat and Poultry Processing

  • Meat and Poultry Control Functions
  • Meat and Poultry Monitoring and Technical Functions
  • Meat and Poultry Inspection

Fish and Shellfish Processing

Milling and Cereals

Sweet Confectionery

  • Chocolate
  • Sugar Confectionery


Fresh Produce

Support Operations

  • Cleaning & Preparation
  • Security
  • Waste Disposal

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