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National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standards

What are they?
National Occupational Standards (NOS) define the level of competence needed for a particular job role or occupation. They cover the key activities undertaken within the occupation in question and under all the circumstances the job holder is likely to encounter.

NOS for building services engineering

What are they used for?
Both employers and employees can use the standards in their workplace. Overall they can be used to:

  • describe good practice in particular areas of work
  • set out a statement of competence which bring together the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to do the work
  • provide managers with a tool for a wide variety of workforce management and quality control, for example staff appraisals
  • offer a framework for training and development
  • form the basis of National Vocational Qualification Diplomas (NVQ Diplomas), Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQs) and Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs)

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In February 20120, SummitSkills commissioned Pye Tait Consulting to conduct a functional analysis of the building services engineering (BSE) sector in order to update the existing functional map – developed in 2009. Click here to read the report.

This functional analysis is the first phase of a body of work to review that functional map which will in turn inform an incremental review of the associated National Occupational Standards (NOS) and qualifications (N/SVQs) for the sector.

The findings of this research have been used to develop a ‘situational analysis’ of the BSE sector in terms of its job roles, means of progression (including career routes), and the functions involved in each of the SSC’s footprints


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