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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The online event will be taking place from 6pm on Wednesday 11th November 2020.

The date for the BAME Apprenticeships Awards 2020 in partnership with Pearson Live online event has been announced and while we won’t be together with 500 plus people at the Edgbaston stadium the team at Thinkfest have gone all out creative on bringing the experience to the comfort of your own home.

Delegates for the event will have the opportunity to go into a virtual lobby and network with each other as well being able to have group conversations as they would do at a real live event. The main event proceedings will be broadcast from the BAME Apprenticeship Awards YouTube Channel starting at 7pm sharp with a performance from Aston Performing Arts Academy.

The Live event is being hosted by Tez Ilyas (Comedian and star of BBC hit comedy show Man Like Mobeen) and Remel Remel (award-winning British TV presenter Radio presenter and host of the Saturday Afternoon show on CAPITAL XTRA).

The event was due to take place earlier this year in July however due to Covid-19 was on the verge of being cancelled, however Pearson were adamant that the show much go on. “It is very important that we continue to celebrate and showcase talent, while creating aspirations for apprentices and those thinking of career options.” Cindy Rampersaud vice president of BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson.

“NOCN Group is proud to be supporting this year’s awards, 2020 has been a difficult year but we must continue to celebrate the success of apprentices. The standard of nominations is extremely high this year, and as a first time judge I am thrilled to be involved in an event which aims to inspire and recognise the hard work and dedication of apprentices, training providers and employers.” Louise Allen, Group Director of Business Development and Sales at NOCN Group.

Over 100 apprentices were shortlisted for this year across a wide range of industry sector categories. As well as recognising the apprentices, the awards also recognise employers and learning providers. “This year has been fantastic, the quality of the apprentices has been phenomenal and it has been a pleasure to apart of such amazing cause that really highlights diversity in apprenticeships.” Olga Bottomley Head Judge of the BAME Apprenticeship Awards.

A full list of finalists can be found here:

To register for the LIVE EVENT please click here: