Coronavirus update for customers

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Coronavirus update for customers

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
Regulated Qualifications
EPA for Apprenticeships
Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
One Awards

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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Smartroof collaborates with CITB and NOCN Group to develop new NVQ

In partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Smartroof has developed an NVQ that provides timber frame installers with the essential practical skills and knowledge required to carry out pre-assembled roof structure installations.

This new qualification is a first for the building industry and has been in development for over 14 months. It is another milestone for Smartroof, an innovative, customer-focused and progressive company that strives to improve the service it provides to the housebuilder.

On completion of this NVQ Micha Shaw, a Smartroof installer, said: “This course provided me with both the practical skills and knowledge required to install insulated roof panels and spandrels. Having completed this course I feel more confident in my role and with my ability to provide high quality roof structure installations for Smartroof customers. I would highly recommend this course to my colleagues.”

Smartroof worked closely with George Swann from CITB’s Standards and Operations Development service to modify the existing Wood Occupations Level 2 NVQ to include the pre-assembled roof structure installer module.

A new structure for the NVQ was proposed that included the following mandatory units:

  • Erecting roof structure carcassing components in the workplace
  • Slinging and hand signalling the movement of suspended loads in the workplace
  • Conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace
  • Conforming to productive working practices in the workplace
  • Moving and handling resources in the workplace
  • Erecting timber roof structures in the workplace

Following extensive work, the qualification was submitted to a third party select committee. It was put through a rigorous approval process which required obtaining endorsements from Smartroof’s clients, material suppliers, crane companies and sub-contracted carpenters. The qualification was successfully approved in August 2018 and officially listed on the CITB website as Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) – Pathway 10 - Pre-assembled Roof Structure Installer.

On approval of the new qualification, Smartroof was tasked with finding a registered training provider to refresh the existing Wood Occupations Level 2 NVQ to include Pathway 10.

Mark Buckton of NOCN Group agreed to take on the new qualification. On 1 March 2019 the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations (Construction) – Pre-assembled Roof Structure Installer was processed and listed on the NOCN Group website.

Russell Wilson, Contracts Manager from Smartroof, said: “We are delighted that the progressive and award-winning NOCN Group agreed to take on this new NVQ. Without the support and backing of both George Swann from CITB and Mark Buckton from NOCN Group, developing this NVQ would not have been possible. The next challenge for Smartroof will be to obtain approval for both Smartroof and Keystone Group to be registered training centres.”