We constantly review and update our NOS suites and related products to ensure that they remain current with the ever changing work of the industry. We need assistance from those out in the sector to help us shape these NOS projects and ensure that they reflect best working practices.
Standards (NOS) for Yoga Teachers Consultation
SkillsActive has secured a small amount of funding to develop national occupational standards for Yoga.
Following preliminary discussions with key stakeholders, a lot of development work has been completed with help from sector experts.
SkillsActive are now in a position to consult on the standards to ensure these fit for to meet sector needs for related job roles.
There a number of ways you can be involved and find out more information:
- Complete the online survey – you will ned to download the NOS document and consultation survey
The consultation closes on the 31st July 2017
Yoga NOS statement
National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to undertake a particular task or job to a nationally recognised level of competence. National Occupational Standards are benchmarks of performance, not regulation. They provide the means for assessing performance in a job: they are work-related statements of the ability, knowledge, understanding and experience that an individual should have to carry out key tasks effectively. Anyone in an occupation covered by NOS can use them to determine what level of competence is required and more importantly, whether their own performance meets that industry or sector expectation. The Development of any National Occupational Standard goes through a rigorous research, development, consultation and refinement process that is agreed by an industry led Steering Group and Government office in all four nations across the UK.
Several aspects drove the initial approach for the development of a set of NOS for Yoga teachers:
- request from the sector to set a benchmark for the teaching of Yoga
- confusion of insurance providers regarding the standards for Yoga practice and what could be insured
- confusion from training providers regarding the correct qualification required by the sector
- need for standards that set a minimum level of experience/skills that ensure safe practice in teaching yoga, preventing the risk of injury to participants
- request for consistency of standards for teaching yoga, across the UK to provide a clear benchmark for entry on to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)
We would like to emphasise that it is not the practice of yoga and its many approaches and philosophies that are being sought to be standardised. The NOS review will only cover the teaching of yoga. As it is stated in the footnotes below, it is not meant to control or pigeonhole individuals and their practices and beliefs. The principle behind the approach to develop NOS is to establish an agreed core of fundamental skills with which to teach yoga; not what you teach. Likewise, it is appreciated that we are all individuals and this process should not be seen as trying to turn out teachers who are regimented in their teaching methods, delivery and approaches.
Employers, partner organisations and industry experts ultimately lead SkillsActive work as facilitators to the development of any NOS suite. The process aims to be transparent and accessible, recognising and respecting the diversity of backgrounds, culture and traditions of practising yoga. The NOS development process is to be focused on the teaching of yoga, which has no religious bias, goal or aim, thereby promoting yoga in an inclusive way that is open to all religions and not confined to one.
Leisure Management National Occupational Standards Review
SkillsActive has secured a small amount of funding earlier in the year to review and update the national occupational standards for Leisure Management.
Following preliminary discussions with key stakeholders, a lot of development work has been done with help from sector experts.
SkillsActive are now in a position to consult on the reviewed standards to ensure these fit for to meet sector needs for related job roles.
We are therefore inviting you to participate in this consultation to share your views on the proposals.
On the links below you can access:
- A copy of all imported standards
- A copy of all original SkillsActive LM standards
- A copy of all new SkillsActive LM standards
- A copy of the Functional Analysis document
The closing date for the survey is Tuesday 8th August 2017.