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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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Supervising Demolition Activities 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 supervising demolition activities in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Carry out the supervision of demolition site activities which will minimise disruption and maintain optimum performance.
  • 1.1 - Undertake supervision duties for at least two of the following demolition activities:
    - soft strip
    - mechanical demolition
    - remote mechanical demolition
    - explosive demolition
    - selective demolition.
  • 1.2 - Explain how programmed demolition activities should be supervised and carried out.
  • 1.3 - Explain how disruption to the works and general public can be minimised during demolition activities.
  • 1.4 - Describe different methods that can optimise work performance during demolition.
2 Observe current legislation and official guidance appropriate to the work environment.
  • 2.1 - Protect the workforce, the general public, visitors and the environment by applying information relating to at least three of the following:
    - methods of work
    - risk assessment
    - safe use and storage of tools
    - safe use and storage of materials
    - traffic management
    - emergency plans.
  • 2.2 - List and describe the current legislation and official guidance that applies directly to demolition activities.
3 Identify and assess faults and problems and recommend and implement corrective action which conforms to safe working methods and practices.
  • 3.1 - Observe and evaluate preparation and work activities against given requirements and methods of work to identify demolition faults and problems.
  • 3.2 - Apply corrective actions that follow safe working methods and practices for at least three of the following demolition faults and problems:
    - limitations of design choices
    - construction errors
    - identification of further utilities
    - heritage concerns
    - environmental concerns
    - incorrect maintenance
    - identification of hazardous materials
    - breaches of security.
  • 3.3 - Describe types of common faults and problems that can occur with demolition activities.
  • 3.4 - Explain methods that can be used to identify potential demolition faults and problems.
  • 3.5 - Explain techniques and methods that allow recommendations to be made and corrective actions applied on identified demolition faults and problems.
  • 3.6 - List the type of corrective actions that can be made during demolition activities.
4 Conduct pre-work checks to meet statutory requirements and maintain safe working methods and practices.
  • 4.1 - Carry out checks on at least one of the following during preparation work for demolition activities:
    - condition
    - fit for purpose
    - health and safety.
  • 4.2 - Explain the procedures that can apply when conducting pre-work checks to ensure compliance with statutory requirements.
  • 4.3 - Explain methods of recording pre-work checks for demolition activities.
  • 4.4 - Give reasons why pre-work demolition checks should be carried out.
5 Keep accurate records of work progress checks, faults, problems, corrective action and quantities involved.
  • 5.1 - Implement recording systems following organisational procedures that identifies work progress checks, faults, problems and quantities involved.
  • 5.2 - Explain the methods that can be used to keep accurate records of demolition work progress which can detail faults and problems, corrective actions and quantities of resources involved.
  • 5.3 - Give reasons why accurate records should be kept.
6 Identify, assess and maintain the necessary resources for demolition activities.
  • 6.1 - Select and/or acquire and maintain at least three of the following resources for at least two of the following demolition activities:
    - people
    - plant, equipment or machinery
    - materials and components
    - sub-contractors
    - information
    - work and facilities
    - waste management
    - utility providers.
    Demolition activity:
    - soft strip
    - mechanical demolition
    - remote mechanical demolition
    - explosive demolition
    - selective demolition.
  • 6.2 - Explain different ways that the necessary resources for demolition activities can be identified.
  • 6.3 - Explain how resources can be assessed for quality and how to maintain necessary resources for demolition activities.
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed in a work environment and 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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