National Occupational Standards

Sector Profile

Enterprise is a critical part of developing a successful, competitive and forward-thinking economy. Historically, the UK has been at the forefront of innovative ideas and breakthroughs, but to remain competitive in a global economy, enterprise skills need to be developed. These skills help learners get up and running – and help them keep moving forward too.

Instructus Skills and SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) work to ensure Enterprise skills are well developed within the UK.


SFEDI works with us to maintain and develop National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Enterprise. The Enterprise standards are aimed at those starting, running or managing a business and they cover many key areas, including: how to win new business; how to keep and develop your business; people skills and the essentials of enterprise.

There are four suites of standards available:

Pre-Enterprise (PDF) ⇢
Understanding Enterprise (PDF) ⇢
Enterprising Skills (PDF) ⇢
Business Enterprise (PDF) ⇢

Define the Standards for Your Sector

Our NOS and frameworks have been developed to best represent the skills that you need in your sector. If you would like to join one of our sector-focused steering groups and ensure that training continues to work for your business, please contact us on

We are proud to work with

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.