The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils

National Occupational Standards for Employers

Employers can use National Occupational Standards to assist in a range of activities in the workplace. Managers can use NOS to:

  • describe the skills they need in their workforce
  • assess the skills already in the workforce
  • develop training and recruitment plans to fill any identified gaps and shortages

Selection and Recruitment - NOS can be used to form the basis of job descriptions, or assist with staff retention

Staff Development - NOS contain descriptions of good practice and can be used as the basis for setting objectives in performance and appraisal.

Developing and Evaluating Training - Training plans and training courses can be developed to meet both organisational and individual learning needs. NOS can be used to inform the content of training as they specify in detail what constitutes good practice. They can also be used to evaluate training by defining the expected outcomes.

Benchmarking - NOS provide an excellent basis from which to develop bench marking excercises either internally or to compare with other similar organisations.

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