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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Careers Help

Unsure about your options, or looking to change career? We are here to help find the career that's right for you.

Below you will find a variety of information, advice and guidance to help you plan the next step in your learning and career.

Getting Started

If you are wondering what career is right for you, completing the Prospects free career planner is a great place to start. The career planner will ask you a series of questions to help match your skills and interests to various careers which could be perfect for you.

Once you know the career you would like to work in you can research various job profiles on the National Careers Service website.  When you know which job, or even which general career area you’d like to work in, a good starting point might be to explore the job profiles on the National Careers Service website.

Each job profile will give you information about the salary, working hours, daily tasks, career progression, training, skills and qualifications required.

After you have researched various job roles it might be useful to find out more specific information from your local careers service or contact local training providers and Colleges to find register for open days, or relevant courses/qualifications.

Careers Advice Services

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all have their own careers advice services and you can find contact details (including how to get in touch via webchat in some cases!) using the links below:

Northern Ireland

Training Providers & Further Education Colleges

You can use our Find and NOCN Centre Search to find specific NOCN courses/qualification providers near you.

Alternatively, you can visit to find courses/qualifications nationally.