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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The Middle-East

NOCN has been operating in the Middle East for the last 3 years.

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 is recognised as an International Certification Organisation (ICO) by the Knowledge Human Development Agency (KHDA) in Dubai, UAE. NOCN has approved centres operating in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Approved NOCN Centres in the Middle East Region include:

Jafcon – Bahrain 

Jafcon are leaders in Productivity Training and have partnered with NOCN to develop a range of RQF recognised Productivity Qualifications including Productivity Improvement Practice – Case Study

Green Innova – Bahrain 

Green Innova is a specialised company in Green Technologies established since 2013. NOCN and Green Innova have worked together to develop a specialist qualification in solar engineering now a recognised RQF qualification in the UK.

NOCN Level 5 Certificate for Certified Solar Photovoltaic Practitioner

The Institute of Environmental Management and Sustainability (IEMS) – UAE 

Established in 2017, the Institute of Environmental Management and Sustainability (IEMS) Academy aims to provide blended training and development programmes that establish and enhance people’s knowledge and skills required for current and future jobs in the industry. To provide educational standards of excellence, IEMS Academy has developed a range of qualifications for the Waste and Environmental Management industry accredited by NOCN.

Uni Training – Bahrain

Uni Training are an Approved NOCN Centre based in Bahrain, approved to deliver a range of construction and plant machinery qualifications from NOCN and CSkills.

Kaplan Professional ME – UAE

Kaplan offer a range of Finance, Business and Management programmes accredited by NOCN in the Gulf region. 

ASQ International – Qatar

ASQ offer NOCN Cskills Construction Training in Qatar, Nigeria and the UK