1. Outdoor Programmes Survey – National Occupational Standards Review

Welcome to the Survey for the review of the Outdoor Programmes National Occupational Standards 

Skills Active, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being who have been commissioned to review the Outdoor Programmes National Occupational Standards.

Why complete the survey?
· To share your expertise to raise skills and standards in the sector
· To support and shape future qualifications 

Purpose of the survey:
During these unprecedented times brings an increased necessity to do what we can to ‘support’ and ‘future proof’ businesses and safe practices. Over the past few months, we have worked with teams of industry experts to develop the draft National Occupational Standards for Outdoor Programmes, creating a robust and coherent set of standards in light of ‘new ways of working’. We would now like your views on what is being proposed.

A summary of the key changes/additions to the draft NOS to date:

  • strengthening the requirement for health and safety and risk assessment in light of the current situation
  • the inclusion of supporting and/or working with disabled clients as standard working practice for all outdoor activity environments
  • the inclusion of dealing with safeguarding issues for those that are involved with children and/or vulnerable adults
  • reference to reflective practice and evaluation for continuous improvement
  • the inclusion of participation in the outdoors for mental health reasons 
  • the emphasis on professionalism and softer skills amongst outdoor activity professionals
  • the emphasis on more business acumen among outdoor activity professionals
  • the emphasis of the awareness and benefits of sustainability among participants
  • the revised plan and deliver outdoor programmes NOS to ensure standardised and consistency across the varied outdoor environments 

How long will the survey take to complete?
Following the review of the draft NOS, approximately 20-30 minutes

How long will the survey be open?
This questionnaire is available from Monday 21st December 2020 until Monday 1st February 2021. Feedback from this UK wide consultation will then inform the final drafting of the NOS. This NOS project is due to conclude in March 2021 following which the new NOS will be made available.

Additional to the online Consultation, SkillsActive will be conducting ‘Telephone’ and a remote event on the 12th January 2021. Please contact Beccy Poole, Project Manager for further details: beccy.poole@skillsactive.com

If you know others who may be interested, please pass on the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P9SD7LQ