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 of the UK.

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


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.

Further information about the Apprenticeship Frameworks available in the energy and utilities industries can be found on the Skills Development Scotland Website.

In England, Northern Ireland and Wales, Energy & Utility Skills also has responsibility for issuing apprenticeship frameworks.

Updates to Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) and Apprenticeship Frameworks in England and can be found on the pages linked below:


Have Your Say

We always welcome feedback about our sector’s NOS, SVQs and Modern Apprenticeships.

Energy & Utility Skills are currently facilitating and industry wide review of the following NOS, Qualifications and Modern Apprenticeships, and are encouraging industry employers, training providers and trade organisations to get involved.

National Occupational Standards (NOS)

  • Industrial & Commercial Gas
  • LPG Gas
  • Confined Spaces

Scottish Qualifications

  • Waste Operations SVQ at SCQF Level 5
  • Waste Supervisory Management SVQ at SCQF Level 6
  • Electrical Power Engineering – Distribution & Transmission, overhead lines and underground cables at SCQG Level 5

Modern Apprenticeships

  • Water Industries at SCQF Level 5 and 6
  • Power  Distribution at SCQF Level 5
  • Gas Industry at SCQF Level 5

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Find Out More

If you would like to get involved in any of these projects, please email standardsreview@euskills.co.uk and the team will be in touch with next steps.

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