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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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Planning Historical Conservation/Restoration Activities in the Workplace

Level 6
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in planning historical conservation/restoration activities in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Confirm the work requirements against the information supplied when planning historical conservation/restoration activities.
  • 1.1 - Identify and establish at least two of the following historical conservation/restoration activities against at least five of the following information sources:
    – roofing
    – lead work
    – bricklaying and craft masonry
    – earth walling
    – stonemasonry
    – decoration
    – plastering
    – wall and floor tiling
    – carpentry and joinery
    – specialist heritage activities
    Information sources:
    – survey reports
    – drawings, schedules and specifications
    – contractual
    – statutory consents
    – risk assessments and method statements
    – programmes
    – records about the competence of people
    – sub-contractor arrangements
    – health, safety and environmental plan
    – archaeological watching brief
    – material suppliers
    – historical conservation plans.
  • 1.2 - Explain how work requirements for historical conservation/restoration work can be confirmed.
  • 1.3 - Explain who needs to be consulted when confirming work requirements for historical conservation/restorations.
2 Identify and review influencing factors and guidance material about the work environment.
  • 2.1 - Consider at least three of the following influencing factors when planning historical conservation/restoration activities:
    - organisational requirements
    - contractual requirements
    - statutory requirements
    - resource allocation
    - working requirements
    - environmental considerations
    - weather conditions
  • 2.2 - Examine at least two of the following guidance materials when planning historical conservation/ restoration activities:
    - owner's manuals
    - log books
    - maintenance schedules and manuals
    - practice guides and specifications
    - current legislation and official guidance
  • 2.3 - Explain how influencing factors and guidance materials can be identified and what different methods can be used to review them.
  • 2.4 - Give reasons why influencing factors should be reviewed against guidance materials.
3 Prioritise activities by assessing and accounting for all the influencing factors.
  • 3.1 - Prioritise historical conservation/restoration activities whilst considering influencing factors.
  • 3.2 - Explain methods that can assess and account for influencing factors when planning historical conservation/restoration activities.
  • 3.3 - Explain the factors that need to be taken into account when prioritising historical conservation/restoration activities.
  • 3.4 - Give reasons why historical conservation/restoration activities should be prioritised.
4 Amend priorities to take account of changing circumstances whilst maintaining consistency with the influencing factors.
  • 4.1 - Review and update pre-determined historical conservation/restoration priorities by taking into account at least four of the following changing circumstances:
    - susceptibility to damage
    - safety requirements
    - need to inhibit and respond to deterioration
    - compromised operational effectiveness
    - weather conditions
    - use or change of use
    - meeting current legislation
    - resources
    - security threats
  • 4.2 - Explain methods that allow priorities to be amended when influencing factors have been taken into account.
  • 4.3 - Explain how changing circumstances can be accounted for when planning historical conservation/restoration activities.
5 Prepare plans or schedules and negotiate and agree them with decision-makers.
  • 5.1 - Identify, analyse and produce plans or schedules for at least three of the following historical conservation/ restoration activities:
    - roofing
    - lead work
    - bricklaying and craft masonry
    - earth walling
    - stonemasonry
    - decoration
    - plastering
    - wall and floor tiling
    - carpentry and joinery
    - specialist heritage activities
  • 5.2 - Explain how plans and schedules can be prepared for historical conservation/restoration activities.
  • 5.3 - Explain methods and techniques of negotiating and agreeing plans and schedules with decision makers.
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.

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