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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 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 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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Contributing to the Control of Work Quantities and Costs in the Workplace

Level 3
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in contributing to the control of work quantities and costs in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Implement appropriate works quantities and cost control systems able to provide early warnings of problems.
  • 1.1 - Apply one of the following works quantities and cost control systems on specified work activities:
    - contractual procedures and meetings
    - operational procedures and meetings
    - electronic recording
  • 1.2 - Describe various ways for implementing works quantities and cost control systems.
  • 1.3 - Explain how to use organisational systems that can provide early warning of problems.
2 Regularly collect and record quantities and cost data, and pass on in time to people who need to use that data.
  • 2.1 - Document quantities and costs for specified work activities relating to at least three of the following areas:
    - materials
    - plant
    - people
    - sub-contractors
    - day works
    - programmes and schedules
  • 2.2 - Communicate quantities and cost data to relevant people and following organisational procedures.
  • 2.3 - Explain methods for collecting and recording quantities and cost data.
  • 2.4 - Describe methods and techniques for passing on quantities and cost data, to those needing to use the data, so it can be used in time.
  • 2.5 - Give reasons why quantities and cost data needs to be collected and recorded.
3 Identify opportunities for cost savings and recommend findings to people responsible.
  • 3.1 - Investigate and analyse potential cost savings on given work activities relating to at least two of the following:
    - waste reduction
    - applications of new technologies and materials
    - energy and utility management
    - recyclable and recoverable materials
    - alternative sources and types of materials
    - variations in quality
    - standardisation
    - revenue generation
  • 3.2 - Communicate and suggest cost savings to the relevant people responsible.
  • 3.3 - Explain ways of identifying opportunities for cost savings.
  • 3.4 - Explain the methods and techniques for recommending cost saving opportunities to the people responsible.
4 Investigate variations and agree and implement appropriate corrective actions with the people responsible.
  • 4.1 - Examine relevant work activities to identify variations in quantities and costs.
  • 4.2 - Put into place the following corrective measures, where variations have been found, following approval from the people responsible:
    - restoration of progress in accordance with agreed programmes
    - agreements on new completion dates
    - initiations on contract claims
    - securing of additional resources
    - alteration of planned works
  • 4.3 - Describe different ways of investigating variations in works quantities and costs.
  • 4.4 - Explain methods and techniques for agreeing and implementing appropriate corrective actions with the people responsible.
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.
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.