Creative Skillset is the industry body for the Creative Industries. They support the sector to develop skills and talent; by influencing and shaping policy and securing vital investment.
Creative Skillset are responsible for the development and up-keep of National Occupational Standards (NOS). These standards are fundamental to industry qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks; they provide the sector specific content. It is vital that standards are rooted in the real world of day-to-day processes and reflect current practices, hence the projects requirements.
This project aimed to update NOS developed in 2010, due to new technology and practice highlighted by the industry.
I adopted a multi-faceted approach to this project to ensure maximum quality input from employers. This included developing and cultivated two steering groups of high profile professionals one covered design and the other manufacturing. The groups steered the direction of the project and endorsed the final NOS draft.
Consultation with the wider industry which took place via numerous working groups across the four nations. These groups consisted of technical staff with on-the-job know how.
The specific needs of fashion design businesses were identified via the consultation process. and working in partnership with the British Fashion Council, standards were identified to inform the development of an apprenticeship framework to suit the needs of those working within the Designer Business sub sector.
The final report and revised new suite of standards were submitted to UKCES in November 2013 and approved in December 2013. See National Occupational standards
Qualification structures were also reviewed as requested by the industry groups. A revised structure was recommended to the Awarding Bodies.
For testimonials linked to this case study see the statement from Jenny Holloway of Fashion Capital on the Testimonials page