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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Festival of Learning

NOCN is a major supporter of the Festival of Learning through a charitable grant designed to raise awareness of adult learning and to celebrate the achievements of learners across the UK.

The Festival of learning is coordinated by the Learning and Work Institute (formally NIACE) and runs throughout the year, culminating in regional and national awards which highlight the amazing achievements of adult learners who improve their lives through learning, often overcoming real adversity and hardship and also of organisations which support and promote learning. Their stories are inspirational and valuable to hear and serve to remind us what is possible through sheer determination and hard work.


NOCN MD Graham presenting awards at the festival of learning

The week long awards celebrations included the national awards event in Birmingham on 13 September and then a Parliamentary on 14 September, hosted by the Skills Minister Robert Halfon MP.

The 2016 winners are available to view here.

NOCN directly sponsored two Awards Categories:

  • Learning for Work Award - the national winner was Sean Hardy, who has learning difficulties and who completed an NOCN Employability qualification whilst working for the NHS. View his video


  • Employer of the Year Award - the national winner was the Organisational Learning Team, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust who did great work as a pioneer of apprenticeships in the NHS. View their video


NOCN MD Graham Hasting-Evans presented the NOCN Awards at the Birmingham event and said:

“These stories are inspirational and heartening to hear. It is my privilege to help shortlist the winners and every year this is a very hard task because all the learners are really winners – which may sound like a cliché but it is true in this case.

Adult learning is important not just for the individuals but for our nation which desperately needs more skilled workers to boost our productivity. NOCN will continue to promote and support this great cause.”