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Written by: Kathryn Danzey

HABIA set out the government standards, developed by employers and educators.

When we refer to standards, what we actually mean is ‘National Occupational Standards’ or ‘NOS’, though generally they are just called ‘the standards’. They are the basis of training in hair, beauty, nails and spa, and form the backbone of programmes such as Apprenticeships.

What are National Occupational Standards?
National Occupational Standards (NOS) are a framework that describes what an individual needs to do, know and understand in order to carry out a particular job role or function in a particular industry.

How are National Occupational Standards developed?
National Occupational Standards are developed by employers, educators, associations and industry professionals working together through the Habia Forums and Expert Working Groups. Draft occupational standards are created before being sent out for wider consultation in the industry. Final amends based on the results of the consultation are then made before the draft standards are submitted to the appropriate regulatory authorities for official approval.

How can National Occupational Standards be used?

• describe good practice in particular areas of work

• set out a statement of competence which bring together the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to do the work

• provide managers with a tool for a wide variety of workforce management and quality control

• offer a framework for training and development

• form the basis of a range of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), plus a range of other vocational qualifications such as Apprenticeships.

How do National Occupational Standards help employers?

• increase productivity

• improve quality of goods and services

• reduce costs for recruitment by facilitating the selection of new employees

• provide a means for better human resources planning

• help effective skills upgrading

• act as a benchmark for rewarding experience, knowledge and competence.

How do National Occupational Standards help employees?

• identify skills and knowledge needed for occupations

• provide a reference to assess ability and training needs

• identify and support clear career paths

• provide guidelines for certification/accreditation

• increase mobility within industries

About the Author

Kathryn Danzey
I have a passion to bring to you what really works in the beauty industry, from a moisturiser to the latest advanced treatment for anti ageing. After almost 4 decades in the industry I'm packed with info to share but never tire of looking for new things and would love you to share your experiences with us too. We're here to help you find that treatment or product that will make a change for you. Can't do without My Collagen Shots and H3O Night Repair. Love a great serum and UV protection

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