National Occupational Standards and Apprenticeship Frameworks

National Occupational Standards are developed by employers and experts in our industries under the guidance of the Energy & Utility Skills Group.

National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standards (NOS) specify UK standards of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work, and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively.

NOS are developed by employers and experts in our industries under the guidance of the Energy & Utility Skills Group. They are then subject to formal consultation and approval processes. NOS are approved by UK government regulators, to make sure they reflect industry practices across the whole UK.

They can be used in a number of different ways and are available for every industry in the United Kingdom.  The most up-to-date standards for various industries are kept on the National Occupational Standards database.

A range of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) for the Gas, Waste Management and Water industry are currently under review. A full list can be found here.


Apprenticeship Frameworks

Energy & Utility Skills is responsible for developing apprenticeship frameworks in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales across the power, gas, water and waste management sectors. In England, Northern Ireland and Wales, Energy & Utility Skills also has responsibility for issuing apprenticeship frameworks.

We invite all employers to work with us on our review of Apprenticeship Frameworks. Find out more here.

Updates to Frameworks and SVQs can be found on the pages linked below:


 

Framework Name ESFA Number Replacement Apprenticeship Standard
Sustainable Resource Operations and Management618To be confirmed
Sustainable Resource Management505To be confirmed
The Gas Industry446Gas Network Craftsperson Level 3
Gas Network Team Leader Level 2
Gas Engineering Level 3
Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer Level 2
Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Level 3
The Water Industry535Water Process Technician Level 3
Utilities Engineering Technician Level 3
Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Level 3

SVQ Update

GP35 23 SVQ in Designing Water Networks at SCQF Level 6

SVQ in Designing Water Networks at SCQF level 6. SQA Awarding Body submitted a re-accreditation request which was recently approved by SQA Accreditation –

GP35 23 SVQ in Designing Water Networks at SCQF Level 6:

  • Start date – 19/09/2018
  • Lapse date – 30/09/2023
  • Finish date – 30/09/2027

The previous SVQ (GA1J 23) was due to lapse 30/09/2018 and is included in the Water Industries Modern Apprenticeship. The lapse date was changed to 31/12/2018 to prevent a gap in provision while centres transition to the new SVQ.


Have Your Say

We invite all employers to work with us on our review of NOS, Qualifications and Apprenticeship Frameworks. Find out more here. 

If you would like to be involved in any part of the consultation process please email standardsreview@euskills.co.uk indicating which suite of NOS, Qualifications, or Modern Apprenticeships you are interested in, as well as your contact details and location, and we will send you details of how to get involved.

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