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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Building a Brighter Future

Build It International (BII) a non-government organisation operating in Zambia, southern Africa, becomes a recognised NOCN centre.

As a development charity, Build It International (BII) has been working in Zambia for the past ten years creating opportunities for young people and their communities through skills training and essential community building projects.

BII is delivering a programme of bespoke, entry-level construction courses through its new construction training centre in Lusaka.

BII offers young, unemployed people training in Brick and Blocklaying, Rough Carpentry, Painting and Plastering and Rendering; all skills urgently needed in the local construction sector.

Through collaborating with NOCN contract staff member, Ralph Need provided quality assurance guidance, curriculum development and facilitated the steps for BII to become an NOCN centre.

NOCN will oversee the quality assurance, independent validation and certification for four BII’s training programmes and provide some technical support.

BII accredited employability courses are designed to help young people secure sustainable work with local employers.

In addition to its training programme BII has completed 44 community build projects including the construction of schools and health clinics, supporting close to 300,000 people over ten years.

To enquire about becoming an NOCN centre visit: