National Occupational Standards

The National Occupational Standards really help us to focus on the detail of what our roles related skills look like . They attempt to break them down into components like activity, knowledge and understanding and describe those parts in series of statements. These statements or descriptors provide a common language for skills development. They are produced and agreed by employers and are updated on a 3 yearly cycle to ensure that new developments in the workplace are accounted for in the inventories of skills they describe: this keeps them fresh and responsive to the here and now.