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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Construction services jobs protected in Norfolk as NOCN expands operations in Kings Lynn

Great news for workers in Norfolk and for the construction industry as NOCN announces further local investment in its site at the Kings Lynn Innovation Centre.

Following on from the successful transfer of Cskills Awards from CITB last year, CITB has agreed to sell its Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) to NOCN Group. The sale will include the retention of all CPCS-related jobs in Norfolk, as well as all CPCS-related mobile roles.

Once complete, this will bring the total currently employed by NOCN at its Norfolk construction business to 62 people.

NOCN Head of Construction Mark Buckton said: “I am pleased we have now signed the contract to acquire the CPCS from CITB and look forward to welcoming new colleagues in 2019, many of whom I know personally from my days at Bircham Newton with CITB. It is very important to NOCN that it retains the skills and expertise of the existing CPCS workforce. We are all about jobs and training; using skills and education to create opportunities in Norfolk and for the construction sector and beyond.”

NOCN is a not-for-profit education charity that has been creating opportunities for life, learning and employment through skills and qualifications for over 30 years. It works with employers, colleges, training providers and learners in all sectors. It is one of the UK’s biggest construction sector providers of vocational and technical qualifications (NVQs) and with the newly acquired CPCS business it can offer an even wider range of services to the sector.

The transfer of CPCS from CITB to NOCN will proceed over the next few months towards completion in Summer 2019, subject to all parties being ready. During this process all systems and services will continue – it is business as usual for CPCS. Mark continued: “We are working directly with employers and industry bodies to ensure the needs of the construction sector are met. We are building this construction centre of excellence in Kings Lynn and central to this is our amazing team of people who daily build the business and look after our customers – the employers and workers who keep the country moving and who build the houses we live in.

We have a policy of valuing people, of keeping them involved and using their knowledge and expertise. We are committed to Kings Lynn, we are part of the community, we have a responsibility to do all we can to support the local economy and we are here to stay – altogether bigger, better, and bolder.”

NOCN works closely with local senior decision makers and representatives including Sir Henry Bellingham MP who opened its offices at KLIC earlier this year, as well as the Chamber of Commerce and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. This partnership approach ensures that its plans for its Norfolk construction skills and services business aligns with the needs of the local economy.