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The NOCN Group

The 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 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 also includes NOCN (UK), India Skills Foundation, CSkills Awards, acquired from CITB in 2017 and One Awards (from 1 August 2018.)


As a progressive educational charity with a social rather than commercial focus, 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. As the second largest awarding organisation in the UK construction sector, we are committed to working for a better future for UK construction skills, via our sub-brand Cskills Awards. 

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.

Find out more about our construction qualifications and apprenticeships. 

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.

Find out more about India Skills Foundation 

One Awards

One Awards will become a subsidiary of NOCN Group from 1 August 2018. This move will widen the NOCN Group offer to the FE market to include Access to HE, regulated qualifications, Functional Skills and apprentice end point assessments.