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NOCN Group offers a wide range of services including regulated qualifications, EPA for apprenticeships, Job Cards in construction, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke accreditation, and educational and skills support training.

As you will be aware the government imposed a third national lockdown from Tuesday 5th January 2021. You will find out more operational detail on the implications for each of these services through the following links:

Business Development
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Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
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Please note that NOCN Group will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA Regulation, QAA, and Qualifications Wales, and will update our customers as things change.

If you have any concerns or would like to discuss the impact on your centre, apprentices or learners please contact us on nocn@nocn.org.uk or 0300 999 1177.

Further information:

Letter from Gavin Williamson CBE MP to Simon Lebus

Letter from Simon Lebus to Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

DfE and Ofqual have launched two consultations (15th January):

GCSE, AS and A Level awarding in summer 2021

Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other generals in 2021

Using Xbox to Access Online Learning

It is possible for learners to access their online work from home using a gaming console. For guidance on how to do this please download the document here.

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NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction)

Ref : B20-12

Type : New Approval

Date : 4 February 2020

12 Week Notification:

NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction)

Dear Colleague,


As part of our commitment to provide qualifications in line with industry requirements we regularly review all qualifications across all occupations.


A review has been made via the CITB Standards Setting Body (SSB) on the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) qualification and therefore we wish to inform you of the changes as shown below.


The above qualification has been replaced with a new Qualification with a new Ofqual Portal reference and the following changes have been applied:

• NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) (600/7359/7) to be replaced with -

NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) (603/5461/6), available as from 1 May 2020.

Unit changes that sit in the Mandatory/Optional Group, as listed below:

Unit40: Erecting masonry structures in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 150

Unit41: Setting out to form masonry structures in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 113

Unit42: Erecting masonry cladding in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 110now a mandatory unit

Unit44: Erecting thin joint masonry structures in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 117

Unit49: Erect masonry to form architectural and decorative structures in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 180

Unit210: Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 27 (Level change only in unit content)

Unit50: Repairing and maintaining masonry structures in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 133

Unit639: Placing and compacting concrete in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 100

New unit: Unit 810 - Installing and forming specialist masonry elements in the workplace, GLH 140

GLH for this qualification increases from 501 to 757

Units removed from structure:

QCF45: Place and finish non-specialist concrete
QCF47: Maintain slate and tile roofing
QCF48: Set out complex masonry structures
QCF66: Produce internal solid plastering finishes
QCF67: Produce external solid render finishes


The existing qualification will close for registrations on 30 April 2020 and the Achievement and Certification dates will expire 30 April 2023 to allow anyone previously registered to achieve and be certificated before the old qualification is officially withdrawn.


• Quartz web, Horizon, Website and Skillsfile will be updated accordingly with the new amendments and the qualification structure is attached in the DOWNLOADS tab on the website for the qualification - NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) qualification, with the changes for your information.

• Also attached in the DOWNLOADS tab on the website, is the new unit versions with the changes highlighted, for your perusal.


If you have any questions please contact your dedicated customer co-ordinator on:


0300 999 1177 (select option 5, then 1)

Kind regards,

NOCN

Qualifications Related to this Bulletin
Title Sector Level Reference
NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) 5.2 Building and Construction Level 3 600/7359/7