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: