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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Withdrawal of NOCN Construction Qualifications - LEVEL 1, -8 week Notification

Ref : B21-42

Type : Withdrawal

Date : 1 June 2021

Which qualifications are being withdrawn?

The following Level 1 qualifications in sector 5.2 Building and Construction are being withdrawn as from 31 July 2021:

Please see list in the attached link below:

WITHDRAWAL of Existing Training & NVQ Qualifications And Replacement Qualifications – Level 1

How could the withdrawal affect learners?

No learners will be disadvantaged due to a 6 month notice period already been given.

What is the last date for registrations?

The last date for registrations for all qualifications listed will be 31 July 2021.

Will the existing qualifications be extended beyond the operational end date for registrations?

NO, NOCN will not be extending the operational end date for the withdrawn qualifications after 31 July 2021.

What is the last date for certifications?

The last date for certifications for all withdrawn qualifications will be 31 July 2024.

Are there replacement qualifications?

Yes and No, please see the attached link to the document above, showing where applicable the replacement qualifications.