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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 at the design stage means Semta can ensure it provides solutions meeting the needs of all businesses in the sector.

Review of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and NVQ Qualification Structures

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

  • Aeronautical Engineering Suite 2
  • Performing Manufacturing Operations Suite 1
  • Engineering Manufacture Suite 4
  • Fabrication & Welding Suites 2 & 3
  • Performing Engineering Operations Suites 1 & 2

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 NVQs 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 NVQ 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 NVQs?
  • 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?

National Occupational Standards (NOS) Review Timescales

The projects begin in June 2016 and are scheduled to complete by December 2016 including a UK wide employer and stakeholder consultation.

How Can I Get Involved in the National Occupational Standards Review?

If you would like to take part in the review of the standards please don’t hesitate to contact us, customerservices@semta.org.uk.


Standards, SVQ and MA Framework Consultation Review Dates in Scotland

As part of our continuing work to review the content of qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks in Scotland, we are consulting with employers and sector stakeholders, so they get the opportunity to inform the developments.

The projects that we are undertaking during 2016/17 are listed below.

  • SVQs 3 in Electrical Manufacture (All Pathways)
  • SVQs 3 in Installation and Commissioning (All Pathways)
  • SVQ 3 in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering (All Pathways)
  • SVQs 2 in Business Improvement Techniques (Quality and Process)
  • SVQ 3 in Business Improvement Techniques (Quality and Process)
  • SVQ 4 in Business Improvement Techniques (Quality and Process)
  • Modern Apprenticeship Engineering at SCQF Level 8/10 (Technical Apprenticeship)
  • SVQ 2 in Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • NOS Performing Manufacturing Operations Suite
  • NOS Performing Engineering Operations suite NOS
  • NOS Aeronautical Engineering
  • Modern Apprenticeship Framework Engineering L3


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 ...