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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Market leading NOCN secures top two position on AAO register

NOCN is a Government approved Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO), working with employers to ensure high quality, valid and robust End Point Assessments (EPA) and it is now officially number two on the Register of AAO’s.

The register was updated by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) on 30 June 2017 and AAOs are ranked according to the number of apprenticeship standards that they are approved to asses. NOCN is now approved to assess 29 apprenticeship standards, across a wide range of sectors from financial services to construction and retail, taking the top position, below Pearson Education Limited and above City and Guilds.

Why should employers choose NOCN for EPA?

Employers can access the AAO register on the Government website to establish which organisations are approved to deliver independent EPA for each apprenticeship standard and once that organisation has been selected the employer then confirms the decision with their training provider. The EPA is a vital part of the apprenticeship journey as it evaluates the individual’s competency and provides certification to qualify the apprentice. From the outset, employers should ensure that apprenticeships are designed in a way that supports the EPA.

NOCN offers a flexible service, working in partnership with employers to ensure each EPA meets the needs of both the employer and apprentice, keeping EPA charges fair and following stringent quality assurance procedures. Independent EPA from NOCN ensures that all apprentices have the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours detailed in the apprenticeship standard.