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New Online Directory of Occupational Standards


A new online directory aims to be a one-stop shop for trainers and employers looking up UK National Occupational Standards.

The directory, from Skills for Business, contains information on occupational standards produced by the network of Sector Skills Councils and other standards setting bodies.

Users can search the directory by keyword, by the SSC/standards setting body responsible for the standards, by the appropriate sector or industry, or by the name of the suite of standards.

Stephen Studd, chief executive of SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for the active leisure and learning industry, said it was important for employers and training providers can access all National Occupational Standards as easily as possible.

"National Occupational Standards underpin the qualifications for the whole of the sector," he said. "Employers can use NOS to design, deliver and evaluate training, identify individual development needs, and provide an agreed standard of competence for the sector.

Mark Fisher, Chief Executive of the Sector Skills Development Agency, said that the directory aimed to be user friendly.

"Each National Occupational Standard has been developed by employers or employer representative organisations working together, in order to ensure that the standards are able to be used and applied in the workplace," he said. "As well as public access to all NOS information, the website signposts users to their relevant Sector Skills Councils or standards setting body for more information."

* To access the National Occupational Standards Directory, go to


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