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NOCN Group

NOCN Group shares a joint purpose to offer learners, training providers, employers and FE colleges a fully integrated range of learning and skills development products and services

NOCN Group

NOCN Group is an educational charity whose core aims are to help learners reach their potential and organisations thrive. The group includes business units specialising in regulated UK and international qualifications, End Point Assessment, Access to Higher Education, assured short courses, SMART job cards, assessment services, consultancy, and research.


NOCN is at the forefront of vocational skills development and apprenticeships, including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in the UK. NOCN is the only awarding body in the UK which specialises in productivity and is focussed on increasing the UK's competitiveness globally. We are one of the UK's largest awarding organisation in the construction sector, and we are committed to working for a better future for UK construction skills via our sub-brand CPCS (Job cards).

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Cskills Awards

NOCN acquired Cskills Awards from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in 2017 creating the UK’s second largest construction AO. The move has greatly reassured the market by guaranteeing its ability to meet the challenges ahead with increased and enhanced skills.

CSkills has a peerless reputation in the construction sector, delivering a wide range of qualifications from Entry Level to Level 7 – and now as part of NOCN Group delivers some 4,000 apprenticeships a year.

It also created a stronger, added-value range of approved qualifications and a more diverse product offering to meet the needs of employers. This includes extensive construction qualifications from ‘license to practice’ to professional development, English and Maths Functional Skills and the new ‘T Level’ technical qualifications from autumn 2019.

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NOCN Cymru – rhan o NOCN

Mae NOCN yn ymrwymedig i gefnogi addysg a sgiliau oedolion o safon yng Nghymru. Mae wedi bod yn gweithio yng Nghymru ers dros 25 mlynedd yn cynnig ystod eang o gymwysterau a gwasanaethau wedi eu rheoleiddio i golegau addysg bellach, darparwyr hyfforddiant, sefydliadau a chyflogwyr.

Mae’n cefnogi strategaeth sgiliau Llywodraeth Cymru er mwyn darparu llwybrau i ddysgwyr ddatblygu’r sgiliau sydd eu hangen ar gyflogwyr, drwy addysg alwedigaethol a thechnegol, yn cynnwys NVQ a phrentisiaethau mewn sawl sector yn cynnwys Gwasanaethau Ariannol ac Adwerthu.

Drwy ei adran adeiladu – Cskills Awards - mae NOCN yn darparu’r ystod ehangaf o gymwysterau a gwasanaethau ar gyfer y sector adeiladu, yn cynnwys sgiliau ar gyfer adeiladu, trin peiriannau, plymio, gwresogi, gwaith oddi ar y safle, gwaith treftadaeth a mwy.
Sefydliad elusennol ddim er elw yw NOCN, sy’n ymrwymedig i greu cyfleoedd yng Nghymru.

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NOCN Cymru - part of NOCN

NOCN is committed to supporting high quality adult education and skills in Wales. It has operated in Wales for over 25 years, offering a wide range of regulated qualifications and educational services to FE colleges, training providers, organisations and employers.

It supports the Welsh Government’s Skills strategy to provide pathways for learners to develop the skills employers need, through vocational and technical education, including NVQs and apprenticeships in many sectors including Financial Services and Retail.

Through its construction arm - Cskills Awards - NOCN provides the widest range of construction sector qualifications and services, including skills for building, construction, plant, plumbing, heating, offsite, heritage and more.

NOCN is a not for profit charitable organisation, dedicated to creating opportunities in Wales.

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India Skills Foundation

NOCN India Skills Foundation brings the best of British educational standards to support Indian innovation and skills development. The aim is for Indian managers and professionals to have skills that are recognised at international standards of excellence to effectively compete in a global market. Acknowledgement of our fantastic track record in India came recently when we were appointed by the Department for International Development to bring vital support to the world’s largest upskilling and training programme there.

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One Awards

One Awards became a subsidiary of NOCN Group in 2018 and has been providing the UK Further Education market with Quality Assurance and Accreditation Services since 1994. This has included the Access to Higher Education Diplomas, Accredited Units of Assessment, Quality Mark Endorsement and services on behalf of NOCN. We are licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and are proud of our reputation for outstanding, flexible customer service.

As specialists in the FE and HE sectors, we invest our resources in continuously developing our products and services in response to customer demand. We are here to help our customers to deliver outstanding programmes of learning and inspire achievement and we provide high levels of customer support throughout.

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Job Cards

In 2019, NOCN Group purchased the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) from CITB, setting up NOCN Job Cards.  The purchase included the retention of all CPCS-related CITB jobs in Norfolk, as well as all CPCS-related mobile roles.

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