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Coronavirus update for customers

Operational Update on NOCN Group Qualifications and Services

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.

You will find out more operational detail on the implications of COVID19 for each of these services, including advice for students and centres preparing for external assessments, through the following links:

Please note that NOCN will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA, 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 (Option 5).

Working to support our valued customers

You will be aware of the various Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) announcements and official advice over COVID19.
The situation is unprecedented and has been continually changing. With colleges and schools now closed and the country in effect ‘locked down’, other than essential services, we will endeavour to continue to support you, your apprentices, learners and card applicants through this difficult period.

We support Ofqual’s statement that the most important principle is fairness to all learners and apprentices, not only for those being assessed now, but also for those assessed before COVID-19.

Centre Support

All our staff are working from home, so we are still offering front line support, through telephony, email and web chat as usual.
Certificates for regulated qualifications and cards are being issued to centres in the normal way.
We aim to provide as full a range of our services as possible, where these can be delivered remotely, and we can use remote or recorded assessment methods, whilst maintaining the integrity of the assessment.
All face-to-face appointments for approval visits, External Quality Assurers, and external assessments have been suspended until training centres reopen and normal business resumes.
We are providing digital on-line support, including offering WebEx interviews, developing online invigilated exams in place of physical papers, and digital content support.


Please contact us to discuss how best we can support you on nocn@nocn.org.uk or 0300 999 1177 (Option 5).

Best wishes from all at NOCN to you our valued customers. We hope you all remain safe and well.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director

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NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Wood Occupations (Construction)

Ref : B20-4

Type : New Approval

Date : 1 February 2020

12 Week Notification:

NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Wood 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 2 NVQ Certificate in Wood 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 2 NVQ Certificate in Wood Occupations (Construction) (600/3238/8) to be replaced with -

NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Wood Occupations (Construction) (603/5464/1), available as from 1 May 2020.

PLEASE NOTE:

With the recent changes, there is only One pathway to this qualification – Wheelwrighting.

Pathways – Shopfitting Site Work and Shopfitting Bench Work have moved to the updated Level 2 NVQ Diploma Wood Occupations (603/5468/9), please refer to the website for more information.

Wheelwrighting:

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

Unit14C: Producing setting out details for routine wheelwrighting products in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 87

Unit15C: Marking out from setting out details for routine wheelwrighting products in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 80

Unit16C: Manufacturing routine wheelwrighting products in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 93

Unit628: Setting up and using transportable cutting and shaping machines in the workplace – updated to a version 3, GLH now 120

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 2 NVQ Certificate in Wood 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 2 NVQ Certificate in Wood Occupations (Construction) - Shopfitting Site Work 5.2 Building and Construction Level 2 600/3238/8
NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Wood Occupations (Construction) - Shopfitting Bench Work 5.2 Building and Construction Level 2 600/3238/8
NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Wood Occupations (Construction) - Wheelwrighting 5.2 Building and Construction Level 2 600/3238/8