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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.

 

Review of National Occupational Standards (NOS), SVQ Qualification Structures and Modern Apprenticeship Frameworks in Scotland

Background

Semta's Standards and Frameworks department are leading a UK wide review of the following National Occupational Standards (NOS), SVQ qualification structures and Modern Apprenticeships:

NOS SVQ Modern Apprenticeship (MA)
Aeronautical Engineering Suite 3 SVQ in Aeronautical Engineering
(New on-aircraft pathway) at SCQF Level 5
Rail Engineering MA
Composites Suite 2 and 3 SVQ 1 in Performing Engineering Operations 
at SCQF Level 4
 
Marine Engineering Suite 2  SVQ in Performing Manufacturing Operations
at SCQF Level 4
 

Engineering Woodworking, Pattern
and Model Making Suite 3

SVQ Chemical Engineering (New)
at SCQF Level 4 & 5
 
  SVQ in Boatbuilding (Marine) (New)
at SCQF Level 5 
 


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 Frameworks. As part of our philosophy of continuous improvement Semta are now requesting feedback from relevant stakeholders to ascertain whether the current NOS and SVQs are still fit for purpose and if not what changes are required?

The key areas that the review will focus on:

  • Are the current occupational pathways (job roles) still relevant and current in the SVQ structures?
  • If not what changes are required? Such as the addition of more optional units?
  • Are there any missing NOS that should be developed and be included in the SVQs?
  • Is the content of the NOS technically correct?
  • Is there anything missing in the scope of the NOS and /or knowledge statements?
  • Is there anything that should not be in the NOS e.g. redundant procedures/processes/equipment?
  • Is it clear what must be completed in order to achieve the NOS?
  • Can the outcomes specified in the NOS be achieved in the workplace?

Review Timescales

The projects begin in June 2017 and are scheduled to complete by December 2017 including a UK wide employer and stakeholder consultation.

How to get involved?

If you would like to take part in the review of the standards please don't hesitate to contact the Semta Standards team standards@semta.org.uk or for SVQ products and MA frameworks contact Robert Bruce robert.bruce@Semta.org.uk

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 Review of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Qualification Structures 

Background

Semta's Standards and Qualifications department are leading a UK wide review of the following National Occupational Standards (NOS) and qualification structures:

  • Aeronautical Engineering Suite 3
  • Composites Suite 2 and 3
  • Marine Engineering Suite 2
  • Engineering Woodworking, Pattern and Model Making Suite 3

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 Frameworks. As part of our philosophy of continuous improvement Semta are now requesting feedback from relevant stakeholders to ascertain whether the current NOS are still fit for purpose and if not what changes are required?

The key areas that the review will focus on:

  • Are the current occupational pathways (job roles) still relevant and current in the structures?
  • If not what changes are required? Such as the addition of more optional units?
  • Are there any missing NOS that should be developed and be included?
  • Is the content of the NOS technically correct?
  • Is there anything missing in the scope of the NOS and /or knowledge statements?
  • Is there anything that should not be in the NOS e.g. redundant procedures/processes/equipment?
  • Is it clear what must be completed in order to achieve the NOS?
  • Can the outcomes specified in the NOS be achieved in the workplace?

Review Timescales

The projects begin in June 2017 and are scheduled to complete by December 2017 including a UK wide employer and stakeholder consultation.

How to get involved?

If you would like to take part in the review of the standards please don't hesitate to contact Semta Standards team standards@semta.org.uk.

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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 30 September 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 ...