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National Occupational Standards
National Occupational Standards (NOS) are used as the building blocks for many vocational qualifications, including S/NVQs. They are a competency based tool, which are statements of the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for an individual to carry out a particular job role or function. They are produced from industry requirements.
National Occupational Standards can also be used in many different ways to improve the quality of goods and services, increase employee productivity and reduce recruitment costs, through

  • Assessing skills already in the workforce and highlighting any gaps.
  • Identifying the competencies which bring together the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to do the work.
  • Motivating employees to learn and develop new and existing skills.
  • Acting as a benchmark for rewarding experience, knowledge and competence.

National Occupational Standards are highly regarded and many companies will use them as an integral part of their training programmes. The NOS are produced through extensive consultation with industry. NOS are for public use and can be found on the following website

National Occupational Standards have international status and are recognised worldwide.
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