The UK Workforce Hub is today (Wednesday 9 May) announcing new funding from the Sector Skills Development Agency to carry out a review and redevelopment of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the fundraising and management of volunteers.
Alongside the funding announcement, the UK Workforce Hub is calling for voluntary and community organisations to engage in the NOS review process and give their views.
NOS set out the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to undertake a particular task or job to a nationally recognised level of competence.
The review is urgently needed as the standards, first approved in mid-2003, need to be updated to ensure that voluntary and community organisations can base their work on up-to-date standards and competencies.
The UK Workforce Hub will be working with the Institute of Fundraising on the review of the Fundraising NOS. This will enable the Hub to engage a broad spectrum of fundraisers, which will contribute to a relevant and accessible set of standards.
Janet Fleming, Head of the UK Workforce Hub said: “This review into NOS will enable the UK Workforce Hub to learn how the NOS are used, how they contribute to organisations and what the challenges are in using them.
“It is essential that NOS are embedded into the recruitment and selection and training and development practice across the UK-wide voluntary and community sector in order to improve the skills of paid staff, volunteers and trustees.”