In this section find out more about the standards – their aim, structure, benefits as well as what they consist of.


Occupational Standards provide several benefits for individuals, employers and the economy as a whole.


Individuals gain:

  • Recognition, progression and increased mobility (work, education and training-related)
  • Improved access to training and qualifications
  • Fair and just assessment and development opportunities (due to independent assessment criteria and open access to assessment and qualifications)


Employers gain:

  • More relevant education and training provisions and qualifications
  • Improved flexibility and competitive advantage
  • A better “guarantee” of capability
  • A benchmark for use in customised training
  • Incentives to employees
  • Contribution to Human Resources Management and Development processes (e.g. job  descriptions, job evaluation, performance appraisal and career progression)


The economy can gain:

  • Increased ability to compete with other economies
  • Increased attractiveness of the labour force to foreign investors
  • Potential for economic growth
  • Consistency in national training provisions
  • A better guarantee of available skill sets in the labour force
  • Greater labour force planning options
  • Clear benchmarks to assure and evaluate quality of training available nationally
  • Basis for competence-based qualifications such as N/CVQs