Scotland NEW Distilling NOS & NEW Brewing Modern Apprenticeship - Get Involved!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:04

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) is undertaking the creation of NEW National Occupational Standards for Distilling and a NEW Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) for Brewing which will be incorporated into a NEW Modern Apprenticeship in Brewing during 2017.

We now welcome input from businesses like yours to make sure they fully reflect your needs.
See below for further details:


National Occupational Standards (NOS) are statements of the standards of performance individuals must achieve when carrying out functions in the workplace, together with specifications of the underpinning knowledge and understanding.

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 industry standards 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.

The NSAFD is carrying out consultation with employers, associates and industry experts across the UK in all four nations. A number of face to face meetings (Expert Working Groups), along with electronic consultation will take place across all four nations in order to give an opportunity to review and, where required, revise/update the current NOS to reflect the needs of the industry.

It’s vital that these NOS are business-led and embrace the needs of distillers of every size – which is why we’d welcome you at the table alongside other industry leaders. The face to face event will take place as follows:

Distilling NOS Meeting, Tuesday 12th September, 10.30 – 16.00
Crowne Plaza
18 Royal Terrace



The National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD) is undertaking a project to develop brand new Scottish Vocational Qualifications and Modern Apprenticeships in Brewing during 2017.

What are Modern Apprenticeships?

Modern Apprenticeships provide employees with hands-on experience of learning from their employer and the chance to work towards a nationally recognised qualification.

They offer lots of benefits to businesses, from providing dedicated workers to increasing business competitiveness. The apprentice develops their skills and knowledge through a package of learning at work and off-the-job learning at college.

Modern Apprenticeships involve a partnership between the apprentice, employer and training provider and are open to anyone aged 16 or over.

Employers are looking for a new SVQ qualification and Modern Apprenticeship pathway for the brewing sector in Scotland. This is likely to be a new pathway within the current Modern Apprenticeship Framework in Food and Drink Operations at SCQF Level 5.

The face to face event will take place as follows:

Brewing MA Meeting, Friday 22nd September, 10.30 – 16.00
Mercure Glasgow City Hotel
Ingram Street
G1 1DQ

To book a place at the distilling meeting or to express an interest in attending the brewing meeting, please contact

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