Skills table: understanding role related skills and connecting to useful standards and descriptors

The Higher Education sector has the most diverse set of roles and professions under the same roof of perhaps all employers.

The technical and professional role related skills of workers at Brookes can be configured in different ways. The skills honeycomb diagram is just one way of showing a landscape of role related skills and they have been chosen here as themes because they follow the UKCES Skills Sector Council groupings.

You will see that each cell heading leads to the main Skills Sector Council site and from there the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for your chosen skill set can be accessed. You can explore the subcomponents of your skills area in great detail by looking at the NOS.  In turn and if you decide to gain extra qualifications in your skills you can start to use the NOS to get very specific about what development you need, and explore qualifications on the new Credits and Qualifications Framework, as they all use the same skills-focused language.

You can use National Occupational Standards descriptors to:

  • Describe and inventory what you already do
  • Explore descriptors for stretch and new ideas about doing the things you do
  • Import descriptors as goal statements or learning objectives (to personal training plans and PDRs)
  • Connect what you do and want to do to the personal and professional development opportunities on the National Qualifications and Credit Framework, as many national qualifications use NOS to describe course content
  • Do a coaching wheel using NOS units and use it to visualise and focus on what you want to improve and how you might do it
  • Use your research to form the basis of discussion with line-managers at PDR time

Skills table