What are National Occupational Standards (NOS)?

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 08:45

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.

National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe what an individual needs to do, know and understand in order to carry out a particular job role or function.

What can NOS be used for?

NOS can be used in many ways – to design training courses for example, plan professional development and write job descriptions.

They can also be used to:

  • Describe good practice in particular areas of work
  • Set out a statement of competence which bring together the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to do the work
  • Provide managers with a tool for a wide variety of workforce management and quality control
  • Offer a framework for training and development
  • Form the basis of vocational qualifications

We are currently reviewing the following suites of NOS:

  • Quality
  • Health, Safety & the Environment in Food Manufacture
  • Sustainable Food Production
  • Dairy Operations

You can get involved to identify, shape and develop new training solutions by helping us to review standards for the industry for these areas.

We are looking for Quality Managers, HSE Managers, Sustainability Managers or dairy industry experts to join us for our NOS reviews. It’s vital that these Standards are business-led and embrace the needs of firms of every size – which is why we’d welcome you at the table alongside other industry leaders.

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink is aiming to ensure that our industry has the right training, apprenticeships and providers in place to both train the existing workforce and to attract new talent.

We are holding the following events for NOS Consultation.  If you would like to join any of them, please contact Kris McGee on secretariat@nsafd.co.uk.

25th November, FME, Quality, Sustainability & HSE, Birmingham
1st December, Bakery, York

12th December, FME, Quality, Sustainability & HSE, Glasgow
13th December (am), Bakery, Glasgow
13th December (pm), Dairy, Glasgow

15th November, FME, Quality, Sustainability & HSE, Caersws, Powys
16th November, Dairy, WDISP meeting – Newtown

If you cannot make any of the events noted below, but would still like to be involved, you can complete our online consultation using the links below:

Dairy Operationshttp://projectspace.stratagia.co.uk/collab/intro-screen/id/2044e60c14224acca97d3b1fa77d3e15  


Sustainable Food Productionhttp://projectspace.stratagia.co.uk/collab/intro-screen/id/6c25aa04f378d1498e9b82d3f639d132

Health, Safety & the Environment in Food Manufacturehttp://projectspace.stratagia.co.uk/collab/intro-screen/id/a463124ab005a9b00fd004bbdd1dea5

Food Manufacturing Excellence: http://projectspace.stratagia.co.uk/collab/view/id/2aeef82776cd2c86f952eaa98c9e96bc

Bakery:  http://projectspace.stratagia.co.uk/collab/intro-screen/id/b53c16c3ab14376f6ca387dad78ef1c3