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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‘In 2050, Africa will be home to 1 billion young people. And they'll need educating.’ (Source the World Economic Forum).

NOCN has been operating in several countries in Africa for the last 12 months, working with local Government Agencies, Training Providers and Industry Employers to offer UK Internationally recognised qualifications, to improve and accredit local training programmes, and offer skills-based consultancy.

NOCN International has a growing network of NOCN Group Approved Centres and stakeholders in the region. We are currently active in; Mauritius, Nigeria, Zambia, Egypt and Rwanda.

Training Centres Approved by NOCN and operating in this region are:

NOCN in Mauritius. NOCN is working with the National Regulator, quality agencies and training providers of over a range of internationally recognised vocational and technical qualifications.

Find out more about our work in Mauritius here.

Qual Hive Ltd. – Mauritius

Qual Hive Ltd has been set up to be the Hub of Prospective Education in Mauritius. We are working closely with internationally recognised Awarding Organisation whose qualifications are recognised and accepted largely within the vocational and professional sector. ‘Our first venture with the NOCN group, a large family grouping a range of awarding bodies, will help us to bring a new contemporary education system to Mauritius.’

MITQ – Mauritius

The Manchester Institute of Training Qualifications (MITQ) is a professional training institute based in Port Louis, Mauritius. MITQ aim to get all students employed while studying or as soon as they finish their courses. MITQ offer a wide range of NOCN qualifications supported by the local regulator and designed to provide progression for further study or employment opportunities.

MITQ are NOCNs Primary Training Centre in the country and are working with NOCN to set best operating practices, introduce new qualifications and develop industry relationships to further advance the quality and perceived value of vocational and technical training in the region.

American Dream Homes International (ADHI) - Rwanda

Working in Rwanda and in Gabon, American Dream Homes International are a Construction and Training organisation delivering NVQ qualifications in Modern Construction Techniques to support the drive to build better homes in Africa using modular construction techniques.

Build It International (BII) – Zambia

Build it International operate in Zambia which is one of the poorest countries in the world. Their objective is to build skilled workers out of unemployed young men and women so they can earn a living and provide for their families’. BII are building a skills training programme fit to meet the needs of a growing country; bricklayers, carpenters, painters, plasterers and more.

Nisai - Egypt

Nisai Group have been approved by NOCN for several years to deliver academic and technical qualifications to school age children and adults alike. Nisai have been inspected 3 times, in the UK, by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. This provides a level of confidence with our clients and partners across the MENA region. Since its inception in 1996, Nisai have been supporting learners though personalised online learning delivered in a blended or standalone way.

Across the wider Middle East and African region, Nisai is supporting learners from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Qatar, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa. Through partnerships and representation in Egypt, Dubai and Somaliland Nisai are creating a network across the Middle East, North and East Africa.

Nisai offer training for new NOCN centres across the region by delivering, online, Level 3 and 4 qualifications in Education and Training including Assessor and Verifier courses which meet the requirements of NOCN Centre Approval.

ASQ Training and Assessment - Nigeria

ASQ Training and Assessment Ltd are an established UK Construction Training organisation offering NOCN Cskills NVQs and Apprenticeship Assessments. ASQ (International) are now operating to deliver NOCN Cskills Construction and Health and Safety qualifications in Nigeria through partner institutions, and also have training projects in Qatar, in the Middle East.