Coronavirus update for customers

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Coronavirus update for customers

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 1).

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 1).

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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Nursing Associate End Point Assessors

Are you a qualified and experienced Nurse? Would you like to help to develop the next generation of Nursing staff?

Closing Date
Freelance Contract

NOCN is looking for experienced Nurses to assess apprentices undertaking their final assessments on the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship standard. The role will involve observing apprentices in their place of work (this can include a hospital, surgery or community health setting) to evaluate their skills against the criteria set out in the assessment plan.

We are keen to receive applications for all specialisms but in particular those who are Registered Nurses in:

• Learning Disabilities
• Children
• Mental Health

We are looking for people with a high level of nursing experience with one of the following assessor qualifications:

• Certificate in Education
• City and Guilds 7307 Certificate
• CAVA (Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement)
• TAQA (Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance)
• Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment
• A1 Assessor Award
• D32/D33 Assessor Award
• PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education - to include the Assessor unit)
• NMC Mentorship Award
• Registered Nursing Teacher or Tutor
• Practice Educator - Community Practice Teacher Award
• Practice Teacher
• English National Board for Nursing and Midwifery (ENB) 997/8

Role responsibilities:

• Undertaking the final assessment of an apprentice on the Nursing Associate Standard to ensure they are fully competent for the role
• Potential travel to the apprentice’s place of work to carry out assessments
• Assess without prejudice or bias in a fair and honest way
• Work with internal quality systems that ensure consistency, fairness and reliability of performance and evidence collection
• Maintain occupational Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Role requirements:

To be considered, you must have:
• A thorough knowledge of your occupational area
• Recent Nursing experience which demonstrates industry competence
• An assessor qualification (as listed above)
• Excellent communication, organisation and planning skills in addition to good IT skills and be competent working with online reports.

NOCN is the market leading provider of apprentice End Point Assessments in England, appointed to assess more apprenticeship standards than any other provider.
We provide training sessions for all of End Point Assessors through a variety of training methods such as webinars, briefings and updates which will ensure that you are kept up to date with qualification requirements and quality assurance procedures.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter stating why you are the best person for the job, with recent examples of how you meet the key requirements of the role.

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