How can National Occupational Standards be used?

Standards are used as a basis for National Vocational Qualifications, as a benchmark for related vocational qualifications or a basis for training or continuing professional development for those who already hold a relevant qualification or who are suitably experienced.

Standards have many different uses other than within training and qualifications e.g.:

  • Indicators of best practice for users
  • Benchmarking
  • Job descriptions
  • Person specifications
  • Performance indicators
  • Basis for appraisal
  • Business planning
  • Workforce management
  • Employee development
  • Change management
  • Marketing
  • Contract specifications
  • Risk management.

To download the NOS in Playwork or Children’s Care Learning and Development visit the National Occupational Standards Database which can be accessed on the United Kingdom Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) Website www.UKCES.org.uk.