National Occupational Standards
National Occupational Standards (NOS) specify UK standards of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work, and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively. NOS, which are approved by UK government regulators, are available for almost every role in every sector in the UK.
Employers need to know that NOS ensure competence. In partnership with employers we’ve ensured 2,500 NOS are robust and consistently benchmarked, nationally and internationally.
Together with the qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks they underpin, NOS provide a rigorous and high-quality skills infrastructure for occupations within the spectrum of engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors.
To date, we’ve developed more than 2,500 NOS in partnership with employers. These standards are used in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and internationally, to provide a robust and consistent benchmark of the skills needed by a competitive workforce.
Setting occupational standards with industry
We work directly with employers to identify and define the skills and knowledge people need to work successfully in our sectors. Our standards are developed with employers for employers. We invite all employers to work with us on our Standards and Apprenticeship Frameworks.
NOS are used to:
- Inform the content of Vocational Qualifications such as N/SVQs and Technical Certificates used in Apprenticeship Frameworks
- Benchmark the skills and measure the performance of current employees
- Identify any skills gaps and shortages
- Develop company training and assessment programmes
- Shape job specifications
- Develop job descriptions and person specifications for recruitment
- Undertake staff appraisals and/or set individual or team objectives
EAL: Part of Enginuity Group
EAL, Enginuity’s specialist skills, awarding and assessment services organisation for industry, provides high quality, fit-for-purpose qualifications and rigorous and robust End-Point Assessment (EPA) that validates the quality of training. In a turbulent world, we embrace change to build on tried and tested methods, creating EPA solutions employers can trust. Its solutions and qualifications are chosen by thousands of employers and educators to deliver real career benefits to learners.
Our industry expertise and data, allows us to bring together individuals, educators, employers and policymakers, informing better decisions about the engineering skills the UK needs to succeed internationally, today and tomorrow. We’re committed to being the connector engineering and manufacturing requires, for the sector to lead Industry 4.0 and offer fulfilling lifelong careers in engineering.
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