Telecom Sector Skill Council

QP- NOS National Occupational Standards - NSDC

In their essential form, NOS describe functions, standards of performance and knowledge/understanding. A set of NOS, aligned to a certain job role along with their NSQF level form a "Qualification Pack". The Qualification Packs are divided as per the four sub-sectors and can be used for creation of curriculum and assessments. 45 Qualification Packs (Service Providers, Network Management, Handset Segment & Passive Infrastructure) have been approved and are live on our website.

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are:

National because they are applicable to every part of India.

Occupational because they describe the performance required of an individual when carrying out certain functions in the workplace.

Standards because they are set by the industry and are statements of effective performance, which have been agreed upon by a representative sample of employers and other stakeholders.

National Occupational Standards (NOS) specify the standards of performance an individual must achieve when carrying out a function in the workplace, together with the knowledge and understanding he/she needs to meet that standard consistently. Essentially NOS are benchmarks of good practice.

The developing usage of NOS also reflects the current desire of industries to agree to national standards of competence, descriptions of skills, and a common ‘vocabulary’ among trainees, employers and training providers.

Stages in development of NOS:

Occupational Mapping: Identify key stakeholders in the telecom sector and understand their organizational structure.

Functional Analysis: Analyze the activities individuals are expected to do as part of their job and identify outcomes that these individuals should achieve.

Development of NOS: It incorporates performance criteria, together with knowledge, understanding and skills pertaining to a job.

Approval of NOS: It will be validated by small, medium and large industry players (minimum 10 employers per category), and then by Qualification Ratification Committee (QRC) at NSDC.

Supporting the Implementation of NOS: All key stakeholders willdrive the validation and implementation of NOS.

Maintain relevance and currency of NOS: It will be developed taking into account current industry requirements. Periodic review will be done to maintain currency of occupational standard.

NOS will help individuals to:

  • Create a checklist to measure own performance.
  • Develop new skills and enhance existing skills.
  • Understand and facilitate career progression at the workplace. It will also help in lateral/vertical movement within the organization.
  • Assess self performance against expected job description as well as assess one’s competence against other job roles and thus gauge suitability for career moves.

NOS will help employers to:

  • Increase business productivity by developing a better trained, better equipped and more effective workforce.
  • Reduce the costs for recruitment by hiring industry ready people who are already meet the criteria mentioned in occupational standard like performance criteria, knowledge and understanding.
  • Develop training programs to address both organizational and individual learning needs. The training can then be evaluated against the outcomes.
  • Arrive at a similar job description for a particular job role to maintain uniformity across the industry.