Coronavirus update for customers

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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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Intermediate Apprenticeship in Steelfixing Occupations

The NOCN Intermediate Apprenticeship in Steelfixing Occupations provides a high quality vocational route to a successful career in Steelfixing for the civil engineering and construction industries.

Full title: The Intermediate Apprenticeship in Construction Civil Engineering – Steelfixing Occupations Major Projects
Programme ID: (30005013)
Sector: Construction - Civil Engineering.
Framework: Steelfixing

NOCN has developed this apprenticeship with major employers to fill skills gaps that could undermine national productivity, ensuring an adequate number of competent Steelfixers are available for essential major civil engineering projects. This high quality full framework from a respected Awarding Organisation includes technical and vocational qualifications, ERR, PLTS and functional skills.

Example job role:

Steel fixer - Following engineering drawings to position and secure steel reinforcing bars and steel mesh used in reinforced concrete on construction projects.

Framework components

Competence Qualification

  • NOCN Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Steelfixing Occupations (Construction) (601/0953/1)
  • Credit Value: 48
  • Guided Learning Hours: 160 

Knowledge Qualification

  • NOCN_Cskills Awards Level 2 Diploma in Steelfixing (Construction) (600/8789/4)
  • Credit Value: 60
  • Guided Learning Hours: 485

Functional Skills
Where apprentices don't have the required qualifications in Mathematics and English they may need to do functional skills qualifications:

  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in English Level 1 (500/8499/9)
  • NOCN Functional Skills qualification in Mathematics Level 1 (500/8501/3)

Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

The ERR for this apprenticeship should also be taken.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS):

Completed as part of the competency or knowledge-based qualifications, including:

  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • Team working
  • Self management
  • Effective participation

The Framework for the English apprenticeship can be found here.

The Framework for the Welsh apprenticeship can be found here.