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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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Preparing and Mixing Concrete and Mortars in the Workplace

Level 1
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in preparing and Mixing Concrete and Mortars in the Workplace within the relevant sector of the industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when preparing and mixing concrete and mortars.
  • 1.1 - Describe the different types of relevant information used with the method/procedure to prepare and mix concrete and mortars.
  • 1.2 - Describe their responsibilities regarding potential accidents and health hazards, 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.
  • 1.3 - Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative.
  • 1.4 - State what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
2 Maintain safe and healthy working practices when preparing and mixing concrete and mortars.
  • 2.1 - Use health and safety control equipment safely to carry out the activity in accordance with current legislation and organisational requirements when preparing and mixing concrete and mortars.
  • 2.2 - Comply with information relating to specific risks to health when preparing and mixing concrete and mortars.
  • 2.3 - State why and when health and safety control equipment, identified by the principles of protection, should be used, relating to preparing and mixing concrete and mortars, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type, the work situation and general work environment, in relation to:
    - collective protective measures
    - personal protective equipment (PPE)
    - respiratory protective equipment (RPE)
    - local exhaust ventilation (LEV).
  • 2.4 - Describe how the relevant health and safety control equipment should be used in accordance with the given instructions.
  • 2.5 - 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.
3 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to prepare and mix concrete and mortars.
  • 3.1 - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, tools and equipment.
  • 3.2 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    - aggregate, sand, lime, cement, water, additives
    - hand tools and mixing plant and equipment.
  • 3.3 - State how the resources should be used correctly.
  • 3.4 - State how any problems associated with the resources are reported.
  • 3.5 - Outline any potential hazards associated with the resources and methods of work.
  • 3.6 - Describe how to calculate quantity, volume and wastage associated with the method/procedure to prepare and mix concrete and mortars.
4 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when preparing and mixing concrete and mortars.
  • 4.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage in accordance with safe working practices and organisational procedures.
  • 4.2 - Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.
  • 4.3 - Dispose of waste in accordance with current legislation.
  • 4.4 - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
  • 4.5 - 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 Complete the work within the allocated time when preparing and mixing concrete and mortars.
  • 5.1 - Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
  • 5.2 - State the purpose of the work programme.
  • 5.3 - State why deadlines should be kept in relation to agreed start and finish times.
6 Comply with the given contract information to prepare and mix concrete and mortars to the required specification.
  • 6.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when preparing and mixing concrete and mortars :
    - gauging and mixing.
  • 6.2 - Gauge and mix mortars and/or concrete to given working instructions.
  • 6.3 - Safely use materials, hand tools, mixing plant and equipment and ancillary equipment.
  • 6.4 - Safely store the materials, tools and equipment used when preparing and mixing concrete and mortars.
  • 6.5 - Describe how to apply safe and healthy work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    - gauge and mix concrete and mortars by hand and mixer
    - carry out pre-use checks on mechanical mixers
    - use hand tools, mixing plant and equipmentwork with plant and machinery.
  • 6.6 - State the needs of other occupations and how to effectively communicate within a team when preparing and mixing concrete and mortars.
  • 6.7 - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when preparing and mixing concrete and mortars.
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.

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