On behalf of Semta’s Standards and Frameworks department, the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) are conducting a UK wide review of 35 Rail Engineering Permanent Way National Occupational Standards (NOS) and qualification structures.
This current suite of NOS was developed in partnership with employers and other appropriate organisations across the UK. NOS set out the skills, knowledge and understanding required by employees 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 can also form the basis of vocational qualifications including those used in Apprenticeships.
As part of a continuous improvement plan, we are now requesting feedback from relevant stakeholders to ascertain whether these NOS are still fit for purpose and if not what changes are required.
The review will focus on the following key areas:
- Are there any missing NOS that should be developed?
- Is the content of the NOS technically correct?
- Is there anything missing in the overview of the NOS?
- Is there anything missing in the performance criteria of the NOS and/or knowledge statements?
- Is the content of the glossary accurate and up to date?
- Is there anything that should not be in the NOS e.g. terminology, redundant procedures/ processes/ equipment?
- Is it clear what must be completed in order to achieve the NOS?
- Can the outcomes specified in the NOS be achieved in the workplace?
This project is scheduled to be completed by December 2017 including a UK wide employer and stakeholder consultation.
How to get involved?
To take part in the review of these national occupational standards please contact Thanuja Kandasamy at NSAR firstname.lastname@example.org