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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USA

NOCN visited the United States (US) at the end of 2017 to meet and share UK expertise with US counterparts involved in the American Apprenticeship Initiative.

With the key primary objective to enable America to achieve its goal of securing 5 million additional apprentices over the next five years, it has been identified that the structure of the UK’s reformed apprenticeship model lends scope to be adapted to suit their ecosystem for successful implementation.

Currently training just 0.2% of the US workforce as apprentices with an achievement rate of 40%; in contrast to the UK, where it is close to 3% of the workforce with a success rate of 80-85%. Upon reflection of this, the National Governors Association and the Department of Labor are very keen to understand how we in the UK have managed to engage effectively with employers and increase the volume of starts.

Across America, the apprenticeship programme is anything but uniform and each of the 50 US states are very different in their offer and approach to apprenticeships. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ national strategy like the UK’s national skills strategy so to engage with the burgeoning US skills market, a focus will need to be put on individual states as opposed to engagement at the federal level. Through collaboration with TAEF and ongoing engagement with US partners, the USA does present new ‘land of apprenticeship opportunities’ for UK training providers to diversify its offer

As a leading awarding and the number one approved endpoint assessment organisation, NOCN will continue to explore and take a considered approach in terms of new effective collaboration with a new US market partner and continued support of TAEF.