Involvement from food businesses is required for an upcoming review of crucial benchmark industry standards, which will help support the aims of the Skills Investment Plan for Scotland and Ambition 2030.
Industry skills body the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink is urging food businesses in Scotland to have their say on the 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.
The NOS for the food and drink sector form the basis of industry qualifications and are used to inform professional development. In Scotland, industry agreement to revised NOS will directly inform development and reviews of Scottish Vocational Qualifications and Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks.
Dates have been confirmed for initial meetings, where employers can feedback on the NOS for Brewing and Meat and Poultry. The meeting to discuss the review of Brewing NOS will be on 12th September and the meeting to review Meat & Poultry NOS will be on 13th September. Both meetings will be held at Food and Drink Federation Scotland offices in Edinburgh.
Dates of further meetings will be communicated in the next few weeks, along with specific online consultation sites, which will also allow employers to provide detailed feedback on the NOS.’