Coronavirus update/alternative arrangements for 2020/21

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Coronavirus update for customers

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.

As you will be aware the government imposed a third national lockdown from Tuesday 5th January 2021. You will find out more operational detail on the implications for each of these services through the following links:

Please note that NOCN Group will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA Regulation, 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.

Update 29th March 2021

On 24th March, Ofqual published the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) which allows NOCN to provide centres with awarding arrangements for learners who have had their training and assessment disrupted in 2021. To view more information on the arrangements in place by NOCN, please click here.

Using Xbox to Access Online Learning

It is possible for learners to access their online work from home using a gaming console. For guidance on how to do this please download the document here.

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We believe a work / life balance is key to happy, healthy employees, and continue to work to reward you time, energy and commitment to NOCN Group.

  • Enhanced Annual Leave - 27 days annual leave, plus 8 bank holidays and 3 discretionary days between Christmas and New Year. A total of 38 days!
  • 35 Hour Working Week - Whilst the UK average full time working week is 37.5 hours, NOCN group have 35 hour week at no detriment to salary
  • Generous Pension Scheme - NOCN has a favourable salary sacrifice scheme with Aviva and One Awards have generous schemes with LGPS and NEST
  • Free Parking - Free parking at all NOCN group sites. The Norfolk and the North East offices have on-site parking and Sheffield has nearby city-centre parking.
  • Life Assurance - NOCN Group has a Death in Service Life Assurance policy with Zurich, entitling the selected beneficiary to 2 times annual salary.
  • Enhanced Family Leave - Enhanced Sickness Allowance and Special Leave
  • Optional Westfield Health Cash Plan
  • Optional Tax Free Child Care Scheme
  • Pay Dashboard Rewards - Receive cashback on your everyday shopping.
  • Training and Development Opportunities - NOCN Group are Investors in People Silver and are committed to developing employees with both formal and informal training, and development activities.
  • Employee Assistance Programme - Supporting employees health and wellbeing
  • Staff Away Days and Social Events - Paid for overnight stays, food, social events and team-building activities.
  • Flexible Working Practices - Various flexible working arrangements are in place throughout the group to help support a healthy work/life balance.
  • Dress-down Fridays
  • Modern Office Spaces