Workforce Development – National Occupational Standards (NOS)

National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe the knowledge, skills and understanding an individual needs to be competent at a job. NOS can be used in many different ways for example:

  • Employers can create a job description to recruit new staff or a training plan to develop their skills
  • Individuals can research different types of jobs and match their skills/experience to those that are needed
  • Awarding bodies can create qualifications to train individuals for a job.

The Health and Social Care NOS are jointly owned by all the alliance partners within the Sector Skills Councils ‘Skills for Care and Development’ and ‘Skills for Health’. Reviews of NOS are undertaken jointly by all UK alliance partners. The Social Care Council works with a representative sample of employers and other key stakeholders to ensure that NOS reflect the needs of the NI social care workforce. All of the completed and approved NOS are kept on the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) Standards Database. This is easily accessible and allows people to search for the different jobs they are interested in.

These standards are freely available and can be viewed by clicking the links below:

For further specialised standards e.g. sensory need, brain injury or dementia, search the UKCES Database at UKCES – Search NOS

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