BFM on behalf of FIESTA and NSAFD is urging businesses to have their say on the review of National Occupational Standards (NOS), in areas varying from specialist sub-sectors. Employer involvement will ensure the benchmark industry standards of performance and effective working keep pace with changing industry needs.

NOS set down industry expectations of performance and achievement in the roles and the specific knowledge and skills staff need to perform effectively. The NOS for the furniture and interiors sector forms the basis of industry qualifications and are used to inform professional development.

They describe what an individual needs to do, know and understand in order to carry out a particular job role or function. NOS set out industry-agreed benchmarks for expected job performance and the specific knowledge and skills necessary to do the job well.fiesta logo

NOS form the bedrock of qualification design and training and learning content – including apprenticeships across the devolved nations. For NOS to be accurate they rely on industry inputting into them so they reflect the most recent technological or process methods or working practices.

We now welcome input from businesses like yours to make sure they fully reflect your needs. The BFM is carrying out consultation with employers, associates and industry experts across the UK in all four nations. This is your opportunity to review and, where required, revise/update the current NOS to reflect the needs of the industry.

To complete the consultation, you will need to follow the link(s) below and fill out the online survey. This consultation closes on 30th November 2018.

If you would like to join the working group. have any issues completing this or any questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.