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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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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NOCN achieves a leading position on the AAO Register

NOCN is now positioned in second place on the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations which was released on 28th March 2017. Approved to assess 21 apprenticeship standards NOCN shares its top two position with City & Guilds.

Employers can use the register to establish which organisations are approved to deliver independent End Point Assessments (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 End Point Assessment.

NOCN's Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans comments: "We are delighted to have moved up the rankings again and our team is working hard to ensure that we can deliver End Point Assessment to a high quality standard, that is cost effective and supports the whole apprenticeship journey for the employer, training provider and apprentice. We are rapidly becoming market leaders and our experience as an awarding organisation is a key benefit we pass on to our End Point Assessment customers as learning and development is at the heart of what we do."

NOCN, making apprenticeships matter within 21 standards.

>> Click here to download the full register from the GOV.uk website