First National Occupational Standards for hydrogen to be developed


Cogent Skills is set to lead the development of the UK’s first National Occupational Standards (NOS) for hydrogen production, storage and transportation.

Following its successful contract bid, Cogent outlined how the development of NOS for hydrogen will mark a critical step towards establishing a highly skilled and competent workforce and boost the UK’s efforts to establish a thriving hydrogen sector. With over 23,000 separate NOS already developed, the new occupational standards will set out the standards of performance individuals must achieve, together with the knowledge and skills required to work safely and effectively in the hydrogen production, storage and transportation industry.

It highlighted how NOS are widely recognised across all four nations of the UK and form an important part of the skills landscape. Recognised by employers, regulators and awarding bodies, they can be directly transferred into qualifications or training programmes, influence job descriptions or be used as a measure of workplace competence.

Cogent expects the NOS for hydrogen to be completed by March 2023. It is now looking for employers and stakeholders from across the sector who are keen to play a leading role in the development of the standards.