The Sector Skills Council for the places where we live and work
National Occupational Standards (NOS) are agreed statements of skills, knowledge and understanding required of individuals at work. In particular they:
Employers can use NOS to assist with a range of activities in the workplace:
Managers can use NOS to:
Selection and Recruitment
NOS contain descriptions of good practice and can be used as the basis for setting objectives in performance and appraisal.
Developing and Evaluating Training
Training plans and training courses can be developed to meet both organisational and individual learning needs. NOS can be used to inform the content of training as they specify in detail what constitutes good practice. They can also be used to evaluate training by defining the expected outcomes.
The NOS provide an excellent basis from which to develop bench marking exercises either internally or to compare with other similar organisations.
Individual employees can use the NOS as a form of self-assessment:
Employees can use the NOS to undertake a self-assessment of their competencies against their own or other jobs. This can be helpful for someone considering a career move or simply for their own professional development.
Education providers may also find the NOS useful for the following:
Education and training providers can map their current provision of courses, workshops etc against the relevant NOS. This enables providers to identify gaps in provision, and can highlight where there is a need to update material to include new areas or to remove materials which are out of date.
Education and training providers can also use the NOS to develop entirely new courses basing the syllabus on the units of competence which make up the NOS.
NOS are developed by the Sector Skills Council working closely with employers and professional bodies. Within the Asset Skills sector NOS have been developed in a number of areas.
Applications of NOS
Because NOS form a ready-made, nationally agreed set of competencies, they can be deployed to support the organisation to: read more...