Coronavirus update/alternative arrangements for 2020/21

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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:

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.

Update 29th March 2021

On 24th March, Ofqual published the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) which allows NOCN to provide centres with awarding arrangements for learners who have had their training and assessment disrupted in 2021. To view more information on the arrangements in place by NOCN, please click here.

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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National Apprenticeship Awards 2019 – NOCN Group sponsors Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award

NOCN Group is proud to be sponsoring the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award 2019.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 16th year, showcase the diverse range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships, and the success stories of those who have embraced apprenticeships with enthusiasm.

Apprenticeships are helping employers to thrive and apprentices to follow their dreams. The Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the very best employers, apprentices and apprenticeship champions across the country.

The winners’ achievements will inspire the nation, and awards ceremonies and trophies will reward their success.

Sponsors are at the heart of the National Apprenticeship Awards, displaying their commitment to apprenticeships on a national stage. Sponsoring the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year award shows NOCN Group’s dedication to apprenticeships and the impact they have on employers and apprentices alike.

Graham Hasting-Evans, from NOCN Group said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year award at this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards. As an education and skills charity, our mission is to build future skills, to ensure that the future workforce is future proof. The National Apprenticeships Awards is a celebration of all. “

Keith Smith, Apprenticeships Director, Education and Skills Funding Agency, said:
“I am incredibly grateful to the employers who support the National Apprenticeship Awards through sponsorship, without whom the awards would not be able to take place. Recognising those whose careers have been fired up with apprenticeships, and employers who are reaping the benefits apprentices bring, the National Apprenticeship Awards are vitally important to show the impact apprenticeships can have on the lives of individuals, employers and the wider community.

“No matter the sector or job role, the awards are open to all. Good luck to all entrants to the awards in 2019, I look forward to seeing who wins!"

More information on the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019 can be found by visiting: