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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New Construction Employer Trustees for NOCN Job Cards Board

NOCN Job Cards recently announced two new additions who will strengthen the number of construction industry employers on their Board of Trustees:

  • Tim Brownbridge, Academy Manager, BAM Nuttall Limited
  • Paul Allman, Executive Director, Flannery Plant Hire Limited

As a charity, NOCN Job Cards is governed by a board of trustees, who support the management team to run the organisation according to its vision and values.

Drawing on a vast bank of construction plant and civil engineering experience and skills, the trustees have ultimate control to ensure that NOCN Job Cards achieves their aims and objectives, act within the law and manage our resources properly. The trustees make the vital decisions which build the charity, to advance personal outcomes, improve the flow of talent to the construction industry and boost the national economy.

Tim Brownbridge Eng Tech, FICE ASET

Tim is Academy Manager in BAM Nuttall Ltd, the UK’s biggest specialist Civil Engineering Contractor, his responsibilities include managing, developing and delivering training, competence recognition and qualifications programmes to all who work for the company.

He is a lifelong member of the construction industry, initially spending 8 years as a plant operator. He then spent 15 years in site supervision and management on major building and civil engineering projects before moving into training and qualifications in 2002. Tim has contributed to the development of industry standards through National Working Groups, Card Schemes and forums as a representative of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association.

In 2011 Tim qualified as an Engineering Technician and in 2013 became a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, recognising his contribution to both industry and the profession. He is currently Chair of the employer development group for the Groundworker Apprenticeship and Vice Chair of the CPCS Management Committee.

Paul Allman

Paul Allman is a Director of P. Flannery Plant Hire, one of the leading plant hire suppliers into the UK construction sector.
He has worked in the plant hire sector for over 25 years, with over 15 years in a senior management role where he has been directly responsible for managing teams delivering plant hire solutions to major projects and clients throughout the UK.

This has included the development of an industry-leading training facility, actively promoting the development of machine control technology, working with colleges and schools to promote the construction sector as an employment opportunity and recruiting and training a significant number of plant operator apprentices and new entrants onto the sector. Paul is also a council member of the Construction Plant-hire Association.

About NOCN Job Cards

NOCN Job Cards is part of NOCN Group, a market-leading international Awarding Organisation and Government-approved End Point Assessment Organisation that has been creating opportunities for 30 years.
For more information about NOCN Job Cards please see

About CPCS

In 2019, NOCN Job Cards acquired the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) the leading skills certification scheme for plant within the UK construction industry from CITB. NOCN Job Cards provide proof that individuals have the required skills and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.

For more information about CPCS please see