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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 specified drilling programme 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 contributing to the specified drilling programme in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Interpret the given information and the work programme when contributing to the specified drilling programme.
  • 1.1 - Interpret information and instructions accurately in relation to the work programme from drawings, instructions, method statements, specifications, schedules and manufacturer's information.
  • 1.2 - Refer to and agree any departures from information and instructions with the authorised person.
  • 1.3 - State the approved procedures and practices relevant to the operations, work activity and workplace environment, relating to:
    - organisational
    - regulatory
    - emergency
    - operational.
  • 1.4 - Describe different types of information and instructions in relation to the specified work activity including drawings, instructions, specifications, method statements, schedules and manufacturer's information.
  • 1.5 - Assess and communicate the impact that the pending work activity will have on the personnel and property in accordance with organisational procedures.
2 Prepare for the work when contributing to the specified drilling programme.
  • 2.1 - Carry out preparation work using appropriate and agreed work methods, technical information and instructions when preparing for the specified drilling programme in accordance with approved procedures and practices.
  • 2.2 - Confirm resources appropriate to contributing to the specified drilling programme are available and ready for use in accordance with the work requirement and approved procedures and practices, in relation to:
    - materials, components and fixings
    - machinery, tools and equipment.
  • 2.3 - Describe the different types of materials, components, tools and equipment relevant to the work activity, in relation to:
    - drilling rigs
    - hand and/or powered tools, machinery and ancillary equipment.
3 Maintain safe working practices when contributing to the specified drilling programme.
  • 3.1 - Use personal protective equipment (PPE) safely to carry out the work in accordance with approved procedures and practices and in compliance with current statutory requirements when contributing to the specified drilling programme.
  • 3.2 - Describe their responsibilities under the current health and safety statutory regulations whilst working:
    - in the workplace, below ground level, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.
  • 3.3 - Demonstrate that safety is not compromised and further clarification is sought if any information is unclear.
  • 3.4 - Record and report any defects and deficiencies to the appropriate authorised person, in accordance with the organisational and operational procedures.
  • 3.5 - Identify potential hazards and/or adverse conditions that could affect the work and agree a suitable action with the appropriate person(s).
  • 3.6 - Outline potential hazards and/or adverse conditions that could impact on the work activity.
  • 3.7 - Refer any problems and/or conditions outside their level of responsibility arising from information, resources and methods of work to the appropriate authorised person.
4 4 Minimise the risk of damage to the work, surrounding area and environment when contributing to the specified drilling programme.
  • 4.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage.
  • 4.2 - Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.
  • 4.3 - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
  • 4.4 - Dispose of waste in accordance with legislation.
  • 4.5 - State why the disposal of waste should be carried out safely in accordance with environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers' information, statutory regulations and official guidance.
5 Implement and maintain the specified work activity to the given requirements when contributing to the specified drilling programme.
  • 5.1 - Prepare resources to the given requirements and work instructions, using appropriate communication methods and in accordance with the specified work programme, agreed standards and approved procedures and practices to form bored and/or driven holes, and/or specialist works.
  • 5.2 - Describe the standards, work methods and different communication methods relevant to preparing for and forming a hole in accordance with approved procedures and practices in relation to one or more of the following drilling methods:
    - cable percussive
    - rotary
    - rotary percussive
    - dynamic sampling
  • 5.3 - Safely use and store hand tools, machinery and ancillary equipment relevant to the work activity and in accordance with approved procedures and practices.
  • 5.4 - Work effectively as an individual and/or as part of a team when contributing to the specified drilling programme.
  • 5.5 - State the needs of other occupations and how to communicate within a team when contributing to the specified drilling programme.
  • 5.6 - Describe how to care for the tools, machinery and equipment used when contributing to the specified drilling programme.
  • 5.7 - Maintain records in accordance with operational and organisational requirements when contributing to the specified drilling 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.
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 a minimum of one of the following endorsements:
- Rotary
- Rotary percussive
- Cable percussive
- Dynamic sampling.