Strategic Diversity Partners

NOCN works with a number of organisations who provide Equality, Diversity and Equality resources and support. If you want to join us, please view our Charitable Membership page to find out more or call 0114 227 0500.

Diversity Partners:

ONE Awards 

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One Awards is an NOCN delivery partner covering the North East and Scotland. It provides a range of NOCN qualifications, awards and apprenticeships as well as its own courses and Access qualifications. One Awards jointly leads on the delivery of our EDI strategy and shares NOCN's passion for increasing equality for everyone.

The National Centre for Diversity


The National Centre for Diversity (NCFD) is the lead organisation driving the diversity agenda in education, business and the community. They train and support organisations to improve their EDI through training and support and provide accreditation to recognise and encourage EDI best practice. NOCN is a recognised NCFD Leader in Diversity and works closely with NCFD to continue to improve its EDI delivery through better data collection and staff training, including the facilitation of employee EDI Champions.

NOCN won the NCFD Awarding Body of the Year 2016 and is in the Top 50 Diversity organisations.

Association of Employment and Learning Providers

AELPLog2col shortThe Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is the leading trade association for vocational learning and employment providers in Britain. The majority of its members are independent private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training and employment services organisations.  Membership is open to any provider and employer who is committed to quality provision and it includes over 30 FE colleges involved in work-based learning; AELP members deliver Over 75% of apprenticeships in England. For more information about the Association please visit the homepage : Web: @AELPUK, LinkedIn: AELP

The Learning and Work Institute

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An independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. They bring together over 90 years of combined history and heritage from the ‘National Institute of Adult Continuing Education’ (NIACE) and the ‘Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion’ (CESI).

Samaritans Workplace Training

Samaritans logoSamaritans have been training staff in the UK and ROI for over 10 years, what distinguishes Samaritans workplace training from other training programmes is the insight that comes from 60 years of listening skills and responding to emotional distress. Many people in customer-facing roles in industry and commerce have to deal every day with emotionally challenging situations; this can easily impact on their own emotional health in harmful ways.

Samaritans' communication-skills training courses help people to identify ways to assist them with handling challenging contacts and at the same time they impart valuable skills and techniques for building and maintaining emotional resilience as individuals and as teams. They also offer training for Supervisors and Managers in demanding roles. Please read the Samaritans Workplace Training Directory . For further details on their courses please see their website

Alternatively contact Nicolle Kane on 0208 394 8372 or email