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Set the standard for Data Visualisation – Consultation on National Occupational Standards for IT

Sagacity Research are working again with ODAG Consultants to expand the range of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Data Science and we are currently seeking feedback on two new standards from all interested parties:

  1. Assist in Developing Data Visualisation Solutions
  2. Develop and Communicate Data Visualisation Solutions

The NOS are freely available to all and in addition to being a tool for employers to use when recruiting and developing their data staff, they directly inform the development and updating of vocational qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

To ensure that these NOS are up-to-date and fit for purpose we now are seeking feedback from employers, industry experts, training providers, further and higher institutions and other relevant stakeholders from across the UK.

The NOS consultation for Data Visualisation can now be accessed here.

Further information on how all the IT NOS are organised here.

The closing date for the consultation is 25th September 2020.

National Occupational Standards (NOS) – what are they?

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are a series of documents describing the competences, knowledge and understanding that individuals need to undertake particular job tasks. Typically, they are drawn up by sector specialists who, through a process of focused research and extensive stakeholder consultation, will develop and set out NOS in a common format which allows them to be easily accessed and used by individuals and organisations across the UK.

All NOS documents are freely available for use on-line.

National Occupational Standards (NOS) – what are they for?

NOS documents are used by a wide range of organisations and individuals and for a variety of purposes. Some of the main ones though include:

  • • employers – when looking to develop a job description when recruiting new staff.
  • • employers – when undertaking workforce planning or developing appraisal systems.
  • • employers/education and training providers – when developing apprenticeships.
  • • awarding bodies – when creating work-relevant qualifications.
  • • individuals – when assessing their skills/experience with those needed for particular jobs.

The NOS review – who should get involved?

As noted above, NOS are really for everyone, and as such we welcome comments from all individuals or organisations with an interest in them – by collecting feedback from a wide range of employers, public bodies, education/training providers and individuals we hope to ensure that the standards are up-to-date, fit for purpose, and fully reflective of user needs.

The NOS review – what do you need to do now?

To help shape these important standards, it is simply asked that you read through and comment upon each of the related documents that are relevant to you and/or your business – you can do this either by:

The NOS consultation for Data Visualisation can now be accessed here:

There is further information on how the IT NOS are organised here:

The NOS review – how long do I have to respond?

The NOS consultation will be open until September 25th.

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