National Occupational Standards

Consultancy & Business Support services share a common aim of providing support to organisations through the use of expertise. To fully develop the business skills of individuals and organisations, the skills of Business Support professionals and consultants also need to be world class.

Along with IOEE (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) we work to ensure the standards and qualifications developed for Business Support professionals and Management Consultants reflect industry needs and are fit for purpose. Responsibility for Business Support and Management Consultancy is split; Instructus Skills oversees Management Consultancy activities, while IOEE oversees Business Support activities.


SFEDI have developed a number of National Occupational Standards in Business Support:

We also oversee a suite of standards directly covering Management and Business Consultancy for management consultants and business advisers.

Management & Business Consultancy (PDF) ⇢

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Instructus Skills is a pan-sector body that represents the training needs of over 11 million employees across the UK. From consultations to certification, we ensure that apprenticeships deliver the skilled workers that employers need.

In other words, we make apprenticeships work.