NOS are used in every part of the UK to help define the functions that are carried out at work. The standards are also easily mapped against international standards, providing an underpinning structure for transferability of qualifications between countries.
NOS describe the performance required of an individual when carrying out functions in the workplace. These functions can be grouped to make up occupational roles. OAL uses this framework as a starting point when developing a new qualification, ensuring the relevance of final product to real-world operations.
NOS are always agreed by a representative sample of employers and other key stakeholders in a sector before they are approved by the UK NOS Panel. This quality assured link to industry means that NOS provide a perfect benchmark for developing new qualifications.