NACE Signs Chimney Skills Agreement with NOCN

NACE NOCN Agreement

IN AN INDUSTRY first, sector expert organisation, the National Association of Chimney Engineers (NACE), has signed a three-year collaborative service skills agreement with NOCN, one of the UK’s largest awarding organisations.

The relationship will centre on strengthening knowledge acquisition whilst focusing on theory-driven practical expertise, learner competence and verification of NVQ level 2 and 3 applications.

NACE CEO Howard Cane said: “After many years supporting NACE in the role of an awarding organisation, NOCN has formally partnered with us in the role of facilitator.

“NACE will provide access to its technical knowledge base and case evidence history with expert support for NOCN EQA’s and other line management. NOCN will provide assistance and support in helping to deliver and verify theory, as well as practical skill set excellence at the candidate application stage.

“With a choice of 45 joint NACE/NOCN formally recognised ‘Quality Mark’ chimney skill modules, and environmental training courses for local authorities on offer covering many related subjects otherwise unavailable elsewhere, it is hoped that interest from professionals and service providers wanting formal, certificated recognition will be high.”

Quality Mark Modules

NACE training partner, the LSTA will be helping NACE to deliver quality mark chimney skill modules and courses throughout their network of UK training facilities.

NOCN is a top ten Ofqual regulated Awarding Organisation, offering qualifications from Entry Level to Level 7. In 2017, NOCN acquired CSkills from the Construction Industry Training Board, becoming one of the largest UK construction Awarding Organisations. NOCN Group is an educational charity whose core aims are to help learners reach their potential and for organisations to thrive.

Chimney Skills Agreement

Believing passionately in the power of learning and education, both organisations believe the chimney skills agreement will have a beneficial impact on public safety, and service provider competence in the workplace. They want more people to engage in education, short-term apprenticeships, and skills training to attain the highest levels of excellence.

Graham Hastings-Evans, Chief Executive of NOCN Group, said: “We are delighted to have the support and engagement from NACE in developing programmes, qualifications and assessments that meet the needs of the UK and ensure safety for constructors, maintainers and the public.”

NACE can be contacted for further information on learner acquisition or Quality Mark certification.


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