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:

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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BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2021

The NOCN Group is proud to be supporting the awards The BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2021.

The NOCN Group is proud to support The BAME Apprenticeship Awards in partnership with Pearson celebrating the outstanding work and achievement of apprentices from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic groups (BAME) and inspiring BAME apprentices to reach the pinnacles of success in their field.

The awards also raise the profile of determined employers and training providers who are forging paths for diversity, inclusion, and equality in the workplace.

The NOCN Group is proud to be supporting The Large Employer of the Year awards.

The inundation of nominations last year speaks volumes, with over 11,000 views of the annual ceremony it has cemented its role within the sector. This was certainly propelled by the “Black Lives Matter” movement, with more organisations than ever before putting forward nominations as they saw the importance of creating positive role models and showcasing talent within the BAME community.

A year full of highs and lows, the awards also highlight some of the challenges apprentices have battled to overcome during the pandemic. Whether it be the challenges of navigating furlough or halted learning programmes, apprentices have fought hard to maintain their progression.

While diversity, inclusion, and equality have by no means been fully realised in the realm of apprenticeships; developments and achievements are being made each day. These awards aim to support and augment this continual commitment to change. We are honoured to be a part of this movement; striving to create diversity amongst future leaders and ambassadors for apprenticeships.

Nominations are now open, with several industry-specific categories for both apprentices and employers, as well as specific awards for learning providers, schools, and academies. The deadline for nominations is Friday 30th April 2020.

The BAME Apprenticeship Awards features the following categories which are open to both apprentices and employers:
• Accounting & Finance
• Management, Legal & Professional Services
• Health, Medical & Social Care
• Retail, Hospitality and Tourism
• Charity, Voluntary & Public Services
• Construction Services
• Engineering & Manufacturing
• Creative, Media & Marketing
• Digital & Technology
• Transport & Logistics

To nominate visit: