Coronavirus update for customers

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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:

Business Development
Regulated Qualifications
EPA for Apprenticeships
Job Cards in construction (CPCS)
One Awards

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.

Further information:

Letter from Gavin Williamson CBE MP to Simon Lebus

Letter from Simon Lebus to Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

DfE and Ofqual have launched two consultations (15th January):

GCSE, AS and A Level awarding in summer 2021

Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other generals in 2021

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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'Close the Gap' Report hitting the headlines

On Thursday 26 September at the Skills and Employability Summit, NOCN Group’s Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans launched a report published in partnership with City and Guilds titled ‘Close the Gap’.

Authored by Graham Hasting -Evans, in partnership with Patrick Craven, Policy Director at City & Guilds, the report explores the scale of the UK’s current skills gap and offers some proposals on how a fully integrated TVET system might drive economic stability and sustainable growth across the country.

Being the first report of its kind in collaboration between the two Awarding Organisations, NOCN and City & Guilds, it was featured in numerous publications as the issues covered within the roadmap report are vital to the future performance of the country.

For more information please go to our Close the Gap page, or see the news articles below:


FE Week - Prioritise investment in level 2 qualifications, new report urges

TES - A new report published by NOCN and City & Guilds group sets out 13 recommendations to address the 'productivity puzzle'

FE News - Why NOCN and City & Guilds are working together to ‘close the gap’