3. Client: Creative Skillset / Textiles Industry Project: Review and development of the Textiles Manufacturing Products National Occupational Standards (NOS)

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, as 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.


The process


Then original Manufacture Textiles Products NOS suite consisted of one hundred and twelve separate standards spanning across various sub sectors.


An initial review of the standards took place identifying duplication, out of date practices and missing skills elements.


A steering groups of high profile professionals from across the various sub sectors within the textiles industry was organised. This group steered the project direction and endorsed the final NOS draft.


Consultation with the wider industry took place via numerous working groups across the four nations. These groups consisted of technical staff with on-the-job know how. Flexibility was key and one to one visits, telephone and email consultations also took place.


The final report and revised new suite of Manufacturing Textiles Products standards was 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 Dr Verity Gay Hardy of Creative Skillset on the Testimonials page

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