Calling designers and jewellers to review occupational standards

,  25 June 2015

If you work in design or in jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades in the UK, we need your help. Creative & Cultural Skills has been asked to review the National Occupational Standards suites for design and jewellery, which were last written in 2009.

A National Occupational Standard describes a key part of someone's job or what 'best' looks like for that skill or function.
A National Occupational Standard describes a key part of someone's job or what 'best' looks like for that skill or function.

Since 2009 there have been changes to the rules of National Occupational Standards (NOS) writing, so we need to look again at making them compliant and check that they still reflect current practice.

We now require expert input to make sure the standards remain robust, relevant and useful to all those currently using them within qualifications and to those who may use them in the future.

We now require expert input to make sure the standards remain robust, relevant and useful.

A NOS describes a key part of someone's job or what 'best' looks like for that skill or function. Each standard contains a number of clear:

  • performance criteria – which describe what effective workers need to be able to do and the standards of quality they must achieve
  • knowledge and understanding criteria – which specify the key knowledge that a worker needs to have in addition to the performance criteria to demonstrate competence

NOS are developed and reviewed through consultation across the UK with employers, sole traders, designers, practitioners, suppliers, makers, supporting organisations and learning centres like colleges and training providers.

They have to go through a regulatory process to make sure they meet the criteria rules and that each nation in the UK has been able to input regarding the skills in their area.

Input into jewellery and design standards

We will be running online consultations and virtual steering groups for both projects: one set for design and one set for jewellery. The focus of these will be to check that any tweaks made to the standards to make them compliant for the new NOS writing rules haven’t changed the aim of the standard, and to double-check that the content is still up-to-date with current practice.

The design project incorporates a broad range of areas including graphic, web, art, 3D, fashion and product design.

The jewellery project incorporates jewellery manufacturing, silversmithing and allied trades.

Why we must review these standards

It is important to keep the NOS reviewed and updated as they are the building blocks of qualifications, apprenticeships, training programmes, staff recruitment and retention policies and much more. It is estimated that there are around 115 uses for NOS!

If you are involved in design and/or jewellery, join us in reviewing these vital standards.

By consulting with industry professionals for NOS development and review we can have a dialogue to make sure that we cover the aspects that are required to work in the professional jewellery and design sectors.

If you are involved in the design and/or jewellery sectors, join us in reviewing these vital standards which already form the basis of some of your most popular courses. We want to hear your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

How you can contribute

If you would like to join the virtual steering group for either the Design or the Jewellery review please email our Workforce Development Specialist who is running this project at rowena@freedom-road.co.uk.

If you would like the links to the online surveys sent to you please use the same email address above to register your interest.

We also welcome any input, whether via an email or through discussions on the phone or in person, just use the email address provided to get in touch.


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