The ECITB are developing and reviewing the Engineering Construction Industry’s craft and technical National Occupational Standards (NOS).
It is key to us that industry leads the final decisions so that the NOS reflect the workplace functions and standards to be achieved. We very much value your input and experience in supporting us to do this.
During 2012, together with industry we reviewed the following NOS suites: 1.Constructing Capital Plant Steel Structures - Erecting
2. Fabricating Steel Structures - Plating
3. Installing, testing and commissioning electrical systems and equipment (plant)
4. Installing Plant and Systems - Pipefitting
5. Installing Plant & Systems - Mechanical
6. Maintaining Plant and Systems - Electric
7. Maintaining Plant and Systems - Instrument and Controls
8. Maintaining Plant and Systems - Mechanical
9. Moving Loads
10. Non Destructive Testing
11. Onsite Machining
12. Welding Plate and Pipework
13. Welding Supervision
During 2013 we will be consulting on several NOS suites including: condition monitoring; tray fitting; metal decking; plant design and layout; design and draughting.
We are consulting:
1) through our existing ECITB industry-led regional forums
2) directly with employers and occupational specialists
3) by convening working groups
4) through web-based consultation
For each NOS suite we are convening a Working Group. In some cases the Working Group will be invited to a workshop and in other cases the Working Group will be run ‘virtually’ i.e. by web and email.
After the initial review by the Working Group we are holding a web consultation. You can access the web-based consultation from this page (see link on the left hand side).
What are the NOS?
The NOS describe what an individual needs to do, know, and understand in order to carry out a particular job or function. Their format and style is set by the Government. The NOS are approved by the Government and they are not levelled. They are reviewed every 4 years and their format is currently being simplified to ensure that they will be relevant for longer e.g. rather than detail specific legislation within a NOS it says you must know and understand the current legislation.
The NOS form the basis of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and a number of other vocational qualifications.
Without NOS for the Engineering Construction Industry sector we would struggle to develop qualifications for our sector which we would be able to provide funding for.