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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Improving Adult Basic Digital Skills Consultation

This week marks the beginning of a 12-week government consultation into ‘Improving Adult Basic Digital Skills’.

Digital skills remain a key barrier preventing adults from fully participating in society, as detailed in the NOCN Group and Learning & Work Institute’s ‘Skills to Drive a Productive Society Report’, published last month.

In 2017, the UK Digital strategy set out the ambition for everyone to have the core digital skills needed to participate in society. However, a recent basic digital skills survey, undertaken by Ipsos Mori and commissioned by Lloyds Banking Group, estimates that 11.3 million (21%) adults in the UK do not have the full range of basic digital skills and 4.3 million (8%) have no basic digital skills at all.

As the UK leaves the European Union, it is vital to continue to develop home-grown talent, up-skill our workforce and develop the skills needed to maintain our growing digital sector. We must reduce inequalities for those who do not possess basic digital skills, to enable all members of society to take full advantage of the transformational benefits of the digital revolution.

Job roles are predicted to change dramatically in the next decade, and we need to prepare for the effect of digital and AI advancements across all sectors. There are predictions that up to 35% of jobs will be affected in the coming decade and within 20 years 90% of all jobs will require some element of digital skills. Our report outlines how skills, linked to investment are the key to improving productivity, whilst at the same time addressing the challenges of AI and social mobility.

Finally, Ofqual will be running a parallel consultation regarding titling the qualifications, coverage of the national standards and the structure of the qualifications. NOCN Group welcomes the Ofqual and Government consultation periods, to find out more visit: