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LSIS is the Standards Setting Organisation for the lifelong learning sector, responsible for developing, maintaining and updating sixteen suites of National Occupational Standards (NOS), some of which were inherited upon the closure of LLUK:

1. Advice and Guidance - (ENTO) 2006  

2. Career Development - 2011 

3. Coaching and Mentoring - 2012 

4. Community Development - 2009 

5. Engaging Employers - 2010 

6. Family Learning – 2013 

7. Libraries, Archives, Records and Information Management Services - 2011 

8. Learner Involvement - 2009 

9. Learning Support Staff - 2009 

10. Learning and Development - 2010 

11. Learning Delivery - 2010 

12. Personal Tutoring – 2013

13. Supported Employment – 2012 

14. Supporting Teaching and Learning - 2007 

15. Work with Parents - 2011

16. Youth Work – 2012

All NOS are also available on the NOS Database.

There are professional standards for teachers, tutors and trainers in the FE sector in England and also a Guide for using the new professional standards for teachers, tutors and trainers published by LLUK in March 2011.

NOS Activity completed in 2012/13

Family Learning National Occupational Standards

Family Learning covers the workforce who plan, manage and provide quality learning within families.

The Family Learning functional map and National Occupational Standards have been reviewed by expert practitioners, employers and stakeholders during the second half of 2012 to ensure they continue to provide statements of skills and knowledge needed by the Family Learning workforce. 

The revised versions of the Values, Functional Map and National Occupational Standards are now available for use by employers, stakeholders and practitioners across the UK. Copies of the Family Learning NOS (in English), a copy of Family Learning NOS including copies of all signposted NOS (in English) and a copy of the Family Learning NOS (in Welsh) are included in the list above.

For further information on the National Occupational Standards please contact FE Advice.

Many thanks to all those who took part in the review process.

Personal Tutoring National Occupational Standards

During 2012 Personal Tutoring National Occupational Standards have been developed to provide statements of skills and knowledge needed by the Personal Tutoring workforce.This work has been led by employers and stakeholders and has been based on the views of expert practitioners, employers and stakeholders on a draft of the functional map and National Occupational Standards.

The new versions of the National Occupational Standards are now available for use by employers, stakeholders and practitioners across the UK. Copies of the Personal Tutoring NOS (in English and Welsh) are included in the list above.

Many thanks to all those who took part in the development process.

About National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standards (NOS for short) describe what a person needs to do, know and understand in their job to carry out their role in a consistent and competent way.

UK Commission for Employment and Skills

National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe what a person needs to do, know and understand in their job, in order to carry out their role in a consistent and competent way. In essence, they inform ‘best practice’ by bringing together skills, knowledge and values.

A suite of National Occupational Standards consists of a number of individual standards relating to the roles and the functions of a particular occupational area. NOS are versatile tools which directly support staff and employers in the lifelong learning sector in a number of ways: 

  • Managers can use relevant standards to describe the skills they need in their workforce, identify skills that already exist and to develop plans to fill any gaps.
  • In staff recruitment, training and development standards can become the basis for job descriptions and training plans. They contain descriptions of good practice which can help set performance objectives. 
  • For individuals, NOS are a useful tool for self-assessment and a means of recognising and describing personal achievements. They can form the basis for continuing professional development and associated career progression. 
  • They are used by awarding bodies and regulatory organisations to develop and approve new qualifications.

Visit the NOS Database to find all National Occupational Standards as well as information about their development and uses, frequently asked questions and case studies.

Further information

For further information about our NOS work, please contact FE Advice.