Skillset is updating the National Occupational Standards for Publishing: have your say

standardsDo you work in book, journal or online publishing? Would you like to help develop the definitive list of best practice skills and knowledge for the industry?

Skillset is updating the National Occupational Standards for Publishing to include journals and the latest digital developments and we want to know what you think. This important project comes at a critical time for the industry, when the pace of change provides both opportunities and threats.

We are now opening registration for a series of focus groups being held in September 2011. The focus groups will provide Publishing professionals with an opportunity to share best practice and discuss their roles and experiences with their peers. It will also enable us to get the views of people from across the industry. For that reason these events tend to be very popular and spaces are limited. You can register for your preferred date below via Eventbrite:

  • Skillset Offices, London, Tuesday 13th September, 10:00 – 12:00 - register here
  • Skillset Offices, London, Wednesday 21st September, 14:00 – 16:00 – register here
  • Publishing Scotland, Edinburgh, Wednesday 21st September, 13:00 – 15:00 – register here
  • Northern Ireland Screen, Belfast, Thursday 22nd September, 10:00 – 12:00 – register here
  • Skillset Wales, Cardiff, Wednesday 28th September, 11:00 – 13:00 – register here
  • Said Business School, Oxford, Thursday 29th September, 10:30 – 12:30 - register here

If you would like to contribute through telephone interview or by completing a questionnaire please contact Debbie Warren at Debbie@warrenjaneltd.com no later than Wednesday 7th September.

If you know someone else who may be interested please let them know. Each focus group lasts up to 2 hrs and refreshments will be provided. We can also assist with travel expenses.

What are the Standards?

National Occupational Standards describe what a person needs to do; needs to know; and needs to understand in their job in order to carry out their role in a consistent and competent way. More information here.

How are they used?

Standards can be used to help individuals and businesses by supporting them through: organisational development; recruitment and selection; job descriptions and specifications; and identifying training needs. Further details here.

Scope of the project

To review and update the National Occupational Standards for Publishing through industry consultation. They were last updated for the book industry to reflect digital developments by the Publishing Training Centre in 2005. They now need to be brought up-to-date in line with digital developments and to incorporate journals publishing. We are keen to ensure that the Standards reflect all parts of the publishing industry through consultation with relevant employers. Existing Standards are listed here.

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