Coronavirus update for customers

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Coronavirus update for customers

Operational Update on NOCN Group Qualifications and Services

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.

You will find out more operational detail on the implications of COVID19 for each of these services, including advice for students and centres preparing for external assessments, through the following links:

Please note that NOCN will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA, 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 (Option 1).

Working to support our valued customers

You will be aware of the various Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) announcements and official advice over COVID19.
The situation is unprecedented and has been continually changing. With colleges and schools now closed and the country in effect ‘locked down’, other than essential services, we will endeavour to continue to support you, your apprentices, learners and card applicants through this difficult period.

We support Ofqual’s statement that the most important principle is fairness to all learners and apprentices, not only for those being assessed now, but also for those assessed before COVID-19.

Centre Support

All our staff are working from home, so we are still offering front line support, through telephony, email and web chat as usual.
Certificates for regulated qualifications and cards are being issued to centres in the normal way.
We aim to provide as full a range of our services as possible, where these can be delivered remotely, and we can use remote or recorded assessment methods, whilst maintaining the integrity of the assessment.
All face-to-face appointments for approval visits, External Quality Assurers, and external assessments have been suspended until training centres reopen and normal business resumes.
We are providing digital on-line support, including offering WebEx interviews, developing online invigilated exams in place of physical papers, and digital content support.

Please contact us to discuss how best we can support you on or 0300 999 1177 (Option 1).

Best wishes from all at NOCN to you our valued customers. We hope you all remain safe and well.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director

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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 are well established specialists in education services to schools and colleges in the UK. In Egypt Nisai are working in close collaboration with local education institutions to offer high equality education programmes and vocational training courses delivering a range of NOCN qualifications.

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.