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Based on our long standing knowledge and expertise in skills for the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector we work hand in hand with policy makers and opinion formers to advise on skills and education policy and help create the optimum environment for sector skills to thrive.

Work with us on our Standards, Apprenticeship Frameworks and Qualifications

Semta encourages and welcomes the input of employers when designing and reviewing sector standards, apprenticeship frameworks and qualifications. Giving employers, large and small, the opportunity to pool ideas and get involved in the design and review stages means Semta can ensure it provides solutions to meet the needs of all businesses in the sector.

National Occupational Standards (NOS), SVQ and NVQ Qualification Structures

The current suites of NOS and qualifications were developed in partnership with employers and other appropriate organisations across the UK.
NOS set out the skills, knowledge and understanding required by employers to undertake a particular task or job role to a nationally recognised level of competence, helping formalise training requirements for employers and employees across the UK. They also form the basis of all vocational qualifications including those used in apprenticeship and modern apprenticeship frameworks.

As part of our philosophy of continuous improvement Semta is always happy to receive feedback from relevant stakeholders to ascertain whether the current NOS, SVQ and NVQ qualifications are still fit for purpose and if not, what changes are required?


View the National Occupational Standards developed by Semta.

How to get involved

If you would like to comment on any of the standards, please email customerservices@semta.org.uk

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Apprenticeships Review in Northern Ireland

The traineeship and apprenticeship landscape in Northern Ireland is about to undergo an exciting reform process and engineering has been selected as one of just two sectors to pilot the process of implementing new standards designed by employers.

Semta is leading the engineering pilot for the first three engineering occupations, commissioned by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland.

This is your chance to contribute to the new standards' development and ensure that they are right for your business and for the Northern Ireland engineering sector.

The reform allows traineeships and apprenticeships to be built from the ground up, focusing on the competencies today's engineering businesses need and developing concise professional standards for the industry. Sharing best practice and lessons learned from the ongoing English reform, the new standards will be underpinned by National Occupational Standards (NOS), qualifications and other relevant training and development activities.

It is proposed that the professional standards could form the basis for the work-based training programmes for the following engineering occupations:

• Maintenance
• Mechanical Manufacture
• Fabrication and Welding

How to get involved

If you would like to comment on the draft standards, please email customerservices@semta.org.uk by 31 May 2017

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Designing an Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Watch this video to find out how employers including Airbus, BAE Systems and Ford worked with Semta to design a Higher Apprenticeship in Advanced Manufacturing ...