Spirits Industry Operations National Occupational Standards Online Consultation 2019-20

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 - 14:03

We are currently undertaking the review of a suite of National Occupational Standards for the spirits industry and we would like you to provide us with your comments and feedback.

These standards are suitable for all types and sizes of organisations in the UK that produce the range of different spirits, such as whisky, gin or vodka. Individual standards are available for particular areas such as production, warehousing, bottling and packing.

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.

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, the NOS are used as building blocks for qualifications and training programmes.

For NOS to be accurate they rely on industry inputting into them so they reflect the most recent technological or process methods, or working practices.

We now welcome input from businesses like yours to make sure they fully reflect your needs. For further information on how to get involved, please contact Matt Hardy – m.hardy@nsafd.co.uk

Our online consultation on the draft Spirits Industry Operations National Occupational Standards is available through the following link:


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