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  • Review of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Competence Qualification Structures

    Welcome to the NOS Interface Tool.

    Cogent Skills are leading a UK wide review of the following National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the competence qualification structures.

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    The current suites of NOS and qualifications were developed in partnership with employers and other appropriate organisations across the UK. NOS set out the skills, knowledge and understanding required by employers to undertake a particular task or job role to a nationally recognised level of competence, helping formalise training requirements for employers and employees across the UK. They also form the basis of all vocational qualifications including those used in Apprenticeship Frameworks. As part of our philosophy of continuous improvement Cogent Skills are now requesting feedback from relevant stakeholders to ascertain whether the current NOS and Competence Qualifications are still fit for purpose, and if not, what changes are required?


    Review Timescales

    The projects begin in September and are scheduled to complete by January 2017 including a UK wide employer and stakeholder consultation.


    How do I get involved?

    We would welcome your feedback on the National Occupational Standards below, please make sure you complete the relevant NOS Review Questions above.


    Ian Lockhart

    Standards Manager

    Cogent Skills


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