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Who we are

NOCN has been creating opportunities through learning and skills development for over 30 years.

NOCN is a market-leading international Awarding Organisation (AO) and Government-approved End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) that has been creating opportunities for 30 years. NOCN Group includes NOCN, NOCN India Skills Foundation, CSkills Awards and One Awards.  

We are trusted and recognised by employers, training providers and learners in the UK and internationally, to provide a high quality, flexible service and we believe passionately in the power of education and its impact on communities and individuals.

As a progressive educational charity with a social rather than commercial focus, we are at the forefront of vocational skills development and apprenticeships, including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in the UK.

We are the only awarding body in the UK which specialises in productivity and focussed on increasing the UK's competitiveness globally. As the second largest awarding organisation in the UK construction sector, we are committed to working for a better future for UK construction.

NOCN is proud to be the very first awarding organisation to be given the 'Leader in Diversity' award by the National Centre for Diversity, a leader in promoting equality for all in the UK and also recognised by Ofqual, CCEA and the Welsh Government, working with a number of strategic partners in the UK and internationally.

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From a small collective of like-minded open colleges and access centres that were determined to promote career-based learning and ramp up quality in education, NOCN is now a powerful, national force in the skills development and apprenticeships sector.

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Charitable Objectives

As a successful not-for-profit business, NOCN provides excellent value for money, with low overheads and the reinvestment of surplus back into the business, resulting in competitive prices and excellent quality.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

NOCN is the only AO and EPAO to be an accredited Leader in Diversity with the NCFD (National Centre for Diversity) and its ‘Valuing All’ programme ensures its business and ways of working incorporate equality, diversity and inclusivity.

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Our Partners

NOCN works in collaboration with a number of key strategic partners including leading industry influencers including:

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Our Locations

Here are the NOCN office Locations in the UK and international

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Annual Reports

Here are our Annual Reports.

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NOCN is always looking for talented people to make things happen - providing meaningful careers that make a difference in the UK and internationally.

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