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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FE Week feature; what lessons can we learn from end point assessments

Thomas Burton, Head of Assessment at NOCN, spoke with FE Week on how end point assessment can drive up productivity and address the skills deficit.

Employers are competing with each other not only for business, but also for a balanced and flourished workforce. By introducing apprenticeships, employers are able to develop and nurture their own talent pools which can expand the skillset within the organisation. Thomas says for workers to grow their skillset, it requires support from both the employer and training provider with early involvement in end point assessment planning from the outset of delivery.

Read the full article here to find out how employers, training providers and EPAOs need to work together to achieve the desired benefits.