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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Concern over RoATP announcement delays

Despite initial reports that training providers would find out early this week whether they have been approved to deliver newly reformed apprenticeships, the RoATP announcement from the Skills Funding agency has been delayed without explanation.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Managing Director at NOCN comments on the impact of the delays:

“We understand training providers' frustration at this time; they were expecting to know by now if they are on RoATP to deliver apprenticeship training to employers and this delay will affect their business, undermine confidence, and reduce goodwill for the apprenticeship programme. Employers are paying the Levy in less than a month and need reassurance that their money will be well invested in skills for their business.”

As an Approved Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO) working closely with both training providers and employers we feel their pain and understand their concerns about the financial impact of the delays. Some employers already have apprentices on the programme who will be coming up to the End Point Assessment stage and still don’t know if their training provider is approved and whether they will be eligible to utilise the levy.

We would like to reassure both training providers and employers that we are approved and operationally ready to go with delivering End Point Assessment as soon as the RoATP is announced and look forward to working with them.