Apprenticeships work with NOCN because our qualifications meet the standards set by employers.

Apprenticeships provide people with a real opportunity for a fulfilling career and employers gain new staff with the requisite skills for a productive business. An Apprenticeship is recognised to be a great way for students to earn while they learn and interest and growth in the use of our Apprenticeship framework qualifications by our member organisations has been vibrant throughout 2015.

NOCN qualifications are developed by industry experts to meet the standards set out by employers, ensuring apprentices have the skills for success.  By working closely with business and education we strive to deliver what you and your learners need to succeed in the working world.

We have been listening! Towards the end of 2015 we introduced a number of new Intermediate Apprenticeships including Plastering, Interior Systems and Wall and Floor Tiling and Advanced Apprenticeships in Clinical Healthcare Support, Civil Engineering and Occupational Work Supervision.

All the components for an Apprenticeship framework are provided under one roof so you can work with us for everything you need, saving you time and administrative resources. We offer excellent rates to our member organisations

NOCN has 32 apprenticeship frameworks available for delivery in the following sectors:

  • Business Management
  • Construction - Civil Engineering
  • Construction - Building
  • Construction - Specialist
  • Facilities Services and Management
  • Food and Drink
  • Health and Social Care
  • Retail and Logistics
  • Teaching and Learning (Youth Work)

For more information on each apprenticeship please visit the apprenticeship search on the main NOCN page.

Apprenticeship Framework Components

Apprenticeships are comprised of a framework of qualifications, which include:

Competency-based qualification*
This is a vocational qualification focusing on the skills required to do the job and is usually achieved through on-the-job training

Knowledge-based qualification*
This is sometimes known as a ‘technical certificate’ and contains the knowledge required relating to the job role. This is sometimes achieved through on-the-job training at the same time as the competency-based qualification or may involve training sessions at a college or training provider.

Functional skills (English, Maths, IT)
These are qualifications in English, Maths and ICT (information and communication technology). ICT is not always required as it depends on the job role the apprentice holds. Refer to the individual apprenticeship framework to see if this applies.

Employment rights and responsibilities
This may be completed as part of the competency or knowledge-based qualification or through the completion of a separate workbook. It focusses on the rights and responsibilities of both the apprentice as an employee and their employer.

Personal safety, learning and thinking skills
This may be completed as part of the competency or knowledge-based qualifications. The skills covered are:

  • Independent enquiry
  • Creative thinking
  • Reflective learning
  • Team working
  • Self-management
  • Effective participation

* Some apprenticeship frameworks will include a combined qualification covering both knowledge and skills. The framework document will list the appropriate qualifications an apprentice needs to complete.

I felt that I was supported brilliantly and challenged when needed with great development ideas. Every single member of staff I have had contact with has been rather lovely.

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Northern Rights CIC