Occupational Standards development
DESCRIBING THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY TO WORK IN THE SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SECTOR
Occupational standards are units of competence which describe the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a sector of employment. Occupational standards describe what needs to be achieved in the workplace and they are specifically related to employment whether this is in a paid or voluntary capacity.
The primary purpose of occupational standards is to set a benchmark of competence, skills and knowledge by which Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers can measure their qualifications and training courses to demonstrate that they are producing individuals with the correct minimum competence to enter or succeed in the labour market.
The development of occupational standards is Step 5 from the EOSE 7 Step Model and EOSE has led the development of standards in several sectors including sport administration in Malta, golf in Europe and the fitness industry at the global level.
Uses of occupational standards include: definition of job roles of the workforce; developing and amending job descriptions; identifying training and development needs; developing training programmes and qualifications
The following are the main components of occupational standards:
The title of a unit of standards links back to the functional map and describes the key function under consideration
The overview supplements the title by providing a “pen picture‟ of what the standard is all about: its purpose and what it covered.
The performance criteria describe all the tasks and activities that are required to perform the function in the title
Knowledge and Understanding
This covers the Knowledge and Understanding a paid or unpaid employee needs to achieve the standard, it will be closely related to the performance criteria and title of the standard
EOSE can, in this general area, provide such services as:
- Analysing the need for standards and benefits of standards approach
- Functional mapping and standards development
- Using standards to inform workforce development planning and education strategies
- Mapping qualifications to standards
EOSE has the unique capacity and experience to put in place a standards based approach to workforce development to ensure education and training strategies meet industry needs.
Get in touch if you are interested and we will make sure to get back to you as soon as possible so that we explore together how we could collaborate.