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 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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South East Asia

NOCN has been operating in South and South East Asia for the last 18 months.

During these months, NOCN has been 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 established a Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and has a growing network of NOCN Group Approved Centres and stakeholders in the region. We are currently active in; Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines and Sri Lanka in South Asia.

Brit Cham Indonesia Partnership – NOCN International is working in partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia to offer joint accreditation of quality training programmes to ‘Brit Cham Indonesia’ Members. This joint accreditation offers increased recognition of training programmes and adds value to their businesses.

Indonesia UK Skills Alliance - NOCN Group is the creator and driving force behind the Indonesia UK Skills Alliance, this initiative is designed to forge closer links between the Technical and Vocational Education and Training sector (TVET) of the two countries.

Link to Indonesia UK Skills Alliance page

NOCN Approved Centres operating in this region are:

Nisai - Vietnam and Brunei

Nisai Group is approved by NOCN 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 ASEAN region.

As of November 2020, Nisai have representation covering Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore Viet Nam and the wider Indochina region. With partners in Thailand and representation further afield in Japan, Nisai’s reach across the region is extensive.

Our involvement with SEAMEO Voctech in Brunei has provided a route for the delivery for the NOCN endorsed programme “Training of Trainers” and this is soon to be entering it’s fourth delivery cycle with further courses being planned for 2021.

Nisai have supported SEAMEO on the ground in Brunei with our team supporting throughout the development and delivery stages.

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.

In addition, Nisai are promoting NOCN ESOL International to learners across the region supporting them in the development of English competency.

University of Applied Research and Development – Indonesia and New Zealand.

UARD was NOCN and One Awards first approved centre in the region, based in Jakarta, Indonesia and New Zealand, and operating in over 5 different countries including Malaysia, Nepal, Kazakhstan and India. UARD offer One Awards Accredited programmes from level 4 – 7 in various sectors. UARD also offer a range of NOCN Qualifications.

Lestari Professional Consultancy – Eastern Malaysia

Lestari offer a range of NOCN Accredited programmes designed to meet the challenges on the Industry 4.0 initiative to upskill the workforce and prepare graduates for work.

Sabah Skills and Technology Centre (SSTC) – Eastern Malaysia

The Sabah Skills & Technology Centre (SSTC) is Sabah’s very own skills development centre, and the result of close cooperation between the Sabah Government and the industry.

EDUK8U: Grad School Asia – Malaysia

EDUK8U offer a wide range of NOCN and Cskills Awards programmes supported by Government-funded initiatives. Sectors include; hospitality, construction skills, security, facilities management and warehousing.

Agilityship – Singapore and Indonesia

Agilityship are specialists in the subject and have been offering training and consultancy for many years. NOCN and the British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia have jointly accredited Agilityship’s ‘Agile Leadership Programme’ (Level 7). 

Tooople – Singapore

TOOOPLE Pte. Ltd. is a Singapore-based for-profit IT organization that aims to bridge the acute gap between formal education and the industry by supporting organizations in their efforts to groom skilful IT professionals through a virtual platform. NOCN accredit Tooople’s training and mentoring programmes

Metropolitan College – Sri Lanka

Metropolitan College offer a wide range of NOCN vocational and technical qualifications across multiple sectors was incorporated in 1999 and is a reputed higher education institute; offering tertiary education in Management, Leisure, Psychology, Social Sciences, Languages and Information Technology.

We are currently seeking new opportunities and partnerships in this region to add to this list, please contact international@nocn.org.uk to discuss in more detail.