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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 or 0300 999 1177 (Option 1).

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 or 0300 999 1177 (Option 1).

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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Using Cradle Access Systems in the Workplace

Level 2
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in using cradle access systems in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when using cradle access systems.
  • 1.1 - Interpret and extract information from drawings, specifications, method statements, risk assessments, schedules and manufacturers' information.
  • 1.2 - Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statement.
  • 1.3 - State the organisational procedures developed to report and rectify inappropriate information and unsuitable resources and how they are implemented.
  • 1.4 - Describe different types of information, their source and how they are interpreted in relation to:
    - drawings, specifications, risk assessments, method statements, schedules, manufacturers' information, standards, regulations and official guidance.
2 Know how to comply with relevant legislation, special legal status documents, official guidance and organisational procedures when using cradle access systems.
  • 2.1 - Describe their responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance whilst working:
    - in the workplace, below ground level, in confined spaces, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.
  • 2.2 - Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative.
  • 2.3 - State what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
3 Maintain safe working practices when using cradle access systems
  • 3.1 - Use personal protective equipment (PPE) and access equipment safely to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements when using cradle access systems.
  • 3.2 - Explain why, when and how personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used, relating to using cradle access systems, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type.
  • 3.3 - State how emergencies should be responded to in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with fires, spillages, injuries and other task-related hazards.
4 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when using cradle access systems.
  • 4.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage.
  • 4.2 - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace manoeuvring activities.
5 Carry out pre-use preparation inspections on equipment in accordance with given procedures when using cradle access systems.
  • 5.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when carrying out pre-use preparation inspections on cradle access systems:
    - inspecting, checking and recording.
  • 5.2 - Prepare suspended access systems for use to given operating instructions, relating to one of the following:
    - cradle access systems
    - travelling gantries
    - jib and rail systems
    - building maintenance units (BMUs).
  • 5.3 - Describe how to apply safe work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    - confirm position and operations (cradle access systems, travelling gantries, jib and rail systems and building maintenance units [BMUs])
    - inspect and check operational performance and security
    - visually inspect fall protection equipment.
6 Know how to select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work when using cradle access systems.
  • 6.1 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    - cradle access systems
    - travelling gantries
    - jib and rail systems
    - building maintenance units (BMUs)
    - hand tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 6.2 - State how the resources should be used correctly, how problems associated with the resources and information are reported and how the organisational procedures are used.
7 Operate equipment in accordance with safe working practices to achieve the work using cradle access systems.
  • 7.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when using cradle access systems:
    - manoeuvring, positioning and shutting down.
  • 7.2 - Operate suspended access systems to carry out the occupational area of work to given operating instructions for one of the following:
    - cradle access systems
    - travelling gantries
    - jib and rail systems
    - building maintenance units (BMUs).
  • 7.3 - Describe how to apply safe work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    - operate and utilise the system
    - shut down and secure the system
    - use hand tools and ancillary equipment
    - work at height
    - use access equipment.
  • 7.4 - State the needs of other occupations and how to communicate within a team when using cradle access systems.
8 Complete the work within the work within the allocated time when using cradle access systems.
  • 8.1 - Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
  • 8.2 - State the purpose of the work programme and explain why deadlines should be kept in relation to:
    - types of progress charts, timetables and estimated times
    - organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme.
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed in a work environment, in accordance with the ConstructionSkills‘ Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment. Please refer to the hyperlink for clarity -
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of relevant occupational expertise and knowledge, and must use a combination of assessment methods as defined in the Consolidated Assessment Strategy.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.

This unit must be assessed against one of the following endorsements:
- Cradle access systems
- Travelling gantries
- Jib and rail systems
- Building maintenance units (BMUs).