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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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Assessing and Recommending Work Methods for Carrying Out Site Operations in the Workplace

Level 4
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Identify and use available project data to enable decisions on work methods to be made.
  • 1.1 - Assess at least four of the following project data on various projects:
    - conditions of contract
    - Bills of quantities or methods of measurement
    - specifications
    - drawings
    - health, safety and environmental plans
    - programmes
    - organisational requirements
    - instructions and variations
  • 1.2 - Take into account at least three of the following when assessing various work methods:
    - sequencing and integration of work operations
    - organisation of resources (people, plant, materials and finances)
    - established construction techniques
    - temporary works
    - prefabrication and standardisation
    - working conditions
  • 1.3 - Explain different methods of identifying project data.
  • 1.4 - Explain the different ways of assessing project data for identifying work methods.
  • 1.5 - Explain the factors that influence or define work methods.
2 Obtain more information from other sources where available project data is insufficient.
  • 2.1 - Obtain additional project information by consulting at least two of the following sources:
    - client, customer or their representative
    - sub-contractors
    - suppliers
    - regulatory authorities
    - technical literature
    - trade literature
  • 2.2 - Describe ways of obtaining additional information for project data from a variety of relevant sources.
  • 2.3 - Give possible reasons why project data may be insufficient.
3 Evaluate work methods against relevant technical and project criteria.
  • 3.1 - Evaluate chosen work methods against at least seven of the following technical work criteria:
    - materials performance and availability
    - structural forms
    - occupancy
    - health, safety and welfare
    - fire protection
    - access
    - plant, equipment and people availability
    - transport logistics
    - environmental factors
    - waste management
    - seasonal weather conditions
    - sustainability
    - innovative materials, technologies and processes
    - site conditions
  • 3.2 - Describe typical criteria that determine work methods for routine types of projects.
  • 3.3 - Explain different ways of evaluating work methods against a range of technical criteria and relevant project criteria.
4 Communicate work methods to decision makers.
  • 4.1 - Advise and recommend work methods to decision makers.
  • 4.2 - Explain different ways of selecting appropriate work methods on relevant projects.
  • 4.3 - Explain different ways that work methods can be recommended to decision makers.
  • 4.4 - Outline the different communication methods that could be used to recommend work methods.
5 Analyse and quantify the selected work method for its activity content.
  • 5.1 - Carry out an analysis of selected work methods on a range of projects which show checks on activity content against quantities of time, cost or resources.
  • 5.2 - Explain different ways of analysing selected work methods for activity content.
  • 5.3 - Explain ways of accurately quantifying selected work methods.
  • 5.4 - Describe the implications of inaccurately analysing and quantifying selected work methods.
6 Ensure a method statement is prepared and approved prior to commencement of work.
  • 6.1 - Confirm and approve various method statements prior to relevant work taking place.
  • 6.2 - Explain different ways that can ensure method statements have been sufficiently prepared.
  • 6.3 - Explain the implications, factors and processes of approving method statements prior to commencing work.
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.