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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 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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The Safe Use of Cut Off Saws Including Abrasive Wheels

The course covers all aspects of how to use a cut off saw safely and includes appropriate personal protective equipment, selecting and fitting appropriate cutting wheels, operating and refueling the machine through to safe transportation.

The core element of the training is a ½ day course and CITB funding is available.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with the correct level of knowledge to operate a petrol driven cut off saw safely. By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the PPE requirements when using a cut off saw
  • Demonstrate the correct use of required PPE
  • Understand the safety features of the machine
  • Carry out pre-start checks to identify that the machine is in a safe condition
  • Understand the importance of fitting fuel cap correctly
  • Identify that the fuel cap is correctly fitted
  • Understand the cause of kickback
  • Demonstrate how to avoid kickback from happening
  • Understand the importance of ensuring that the wheel is correct for the machine and the application
  • Check that the wheel is correct for the machine and the application
  • Understand how to safely fit the wheel
  • Demonstrate how to safely fit a wheel
  • Understand the need for carrying out a site assessment prior to starting work
  • Carry out a site assessment prior to starting work
  • Refuel the machine safely
  • Know the action to take when fuel is spilt or leaks from the machine
  • Understand how to start the machine from cold
  • Demonstrate the correct technique for starting the saw from cold
  • Understand how to start the machine
  • Demonstrate how to start the machine
  • Support material on the ground
  • Demonstrate the correct technique for cutting material on the ground
  • Use dust suppression
  • Check and / or adjust the guard with respect to the direction of sparks
  • Demonstrate cutting metal using correct technique
  • Demonstrate the correct method of carrying the machine whilst on site
  • Understand the need to remove the wheel from the machine before placing it in a vehicle
  • Demonstrate how to safely transport the saw in a vehicle

Course Delivery

The course will consist of a maximum of 6 delegates, unless pre-agreement is gained from NOCN. The basic course will be delivered over a half day period and the additional modules will extend the total duration to a whole day.

The training is a blend of theoretical and practical, hands-on study. The theoretical elements are supplemented by the course video. All training must use the NOCN approved training material.

Delegates’ knowledge is assessed at the beginning of the course through an initial assessment paper and is formally tested at the end of the basic course through a practical observation and a multiple choice examination paper. The course is pass / fail.

To deliver the course the trainer/assessor will require:

  • Approval to deliver from NOCN
  • Suitable indoor teaching room
  • Outdoor hard standing level surface
  • A site-specific risk assessment
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguishers (suitable for class B fires: flammable liquid or gas)
  • Appropriate cut off saw
  • Water bottle/access to mains water and hose (or alternative water source for dust suppression)
  • Diamond cutting wheel
  • Abrasive wheel
  • Available market accessories for recommended safe cutting methods
  • Training and Assessment resources (available via My NOCN)
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Materials for cutting
  • The structure of the training is provided by the course PowerPoint and video. Trainers are expected to use both resources to guarantee that delegates are witness to the total information required to safely and productively operate a cut off saw.