Coronavirus update for customers

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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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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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Communications on the withdrawal of BPEC Qualifications from the NOCN offer

Ref : B21-20

Type : Withdrawal

Date : 26 February 2021

In 2019 BPEC and NOCN Awarding Organisations agreed to mutually offer each other’s qualifications to better support their Centre customers and to provide greater alignment across Awarding Organisation operations.

This arrangement was as a result to customer feedback and reflected the 2 organisations’ common conviction on high quality qualifications.

Since then this arrangement has only had a limited uptake by our Centres. As such, now that we are approaching the time to renew the contract both organisations have decided that there is insufficient benefit to continue the arrangement.

NOCN will stop offering BPEC qualifications from March to allow all the current learners to complete, which is likely to be by September.

Both NOCN and BPEC have enjoyed working together on this arrangement and have gained much from it. We are naturally disappointed that the interest from Training Providers has not been greater but the two organisations are looking to work together in future.