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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Welcome to The EPA uncovered podcast! Hosted by Thomas Burton, Group Director of Apprenticeships.

In the coming episodes, Thomas will be looking to lift the lid on End Point Assessment by speaking to some of the leaders in the sector.

In each episode, he will be chatting to education practitioners who are front and centre of apprenticeships delivery in both England and across the globe.

The Podcast will bring best practice, insights to successful apprenticeship programmes and key steps to ensuring your apprentices are fully aware of the EPA process.

He will be joined by guests from training providers, colleges and employers, along with End Point Assessors, technical experts and industry leaders.

Listen to the trailer here.

If you would like to find out when the first full episode is available please register your interest here.