Coronavirus update for customers

Read more

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.

Skip navigation

Brexit means we need to improve skills now more than ever

Last Friday morning the news broke that the UK had voted to leave the EU.

This is a major change for our country and inevitably there will be a great period of uncertainty for some time. The thing we must do now is be calm, respect the decision of the electorate and get on with making this work for the benefit of all our communities. We all know the risks; we must work out how to mitigate them.

The result was followed by an expected significant economic shock, with the pound falling and the London Stock Market opening 8% down on Friday. It will be some time before the UK is likely to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Amidst all this change and uncertainty NOCN believes that there is one clear message. The need to improve the skills and productivity in our economy is even more important than it was before the EU Referendum.

That means we need to continue to focus on apprenticeships – if not speed up the programme. However, we do need a change in priorities to also invest in upskilling both the existing workforce and those not in work.

NOCN will continue to work to help all sections of our society to gain the skills they need and prosper in a challenging world.