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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Heads of Construction to lead debate on transforming construction training at the BACH Conference

Heads of Construction from FE Colleges across the UK will meet for the British Association of Construction Heads (BACH) Annual Conference on 15-17 March to discuss key sector and skills challenges and opportunities in 2020 and beyond.

The event will focus on those delivering training and how they can support apprentices and learners, and ultimately the whole construction sector, by keeping on top of and understanding emerging trends, technologies and skills requirements.

NOCN Group is headline sponsor of the conference and Managing Director and current BACH President, Graham Hasting-Evans, will kick off the event with an overview of the industry and learning landscape, introducing the panel of esteemed speakers. Key themes of the conference include digital construction and off-site construction, innovation and technical advances, and the implementation of new Apprenticeship Standards and T-Levels.

Keynote speakers will be Mark Reynolds, CEO of Mace Group and Chair of the Construction Leadership Council’s Skills Group, who will shine a spotlight on the needs of the industry and the emerging ‘Single Skills Plan’, and David Hughes, CEO of the Association of Colleges, who will introduce the ‘Colleges of the Future’ programme. Other engaging speakers and panel sessions throughout the conference will explore the transformation of construction training, off-site infrastructure, and upcoming challenges for FE Colleges. The panel session will explore the use of new approaches including digital and DFMA.

Graham Hasting-Evans comments: “The BACH Conference is the opportunity for Heads of Construction from around the UK to get together, share best practice, hear from industry experts, network with peers and discuss the ever-evolving learning landscape. T-Levels and Apprenticeships will be a key theme this year and we have a fantastic line up of speakers and topics for what is set to be an inspiring and informative event.”

Book your place at BACH Conference 2020 HERE.