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:

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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For nearly a decade NOCN and North West Skills Academy Ltd have worked to develop nearly 3,500 learners and counting, across the UK construction industry.

NOCN are one of the UK’s largest construction awarding organisations offering a broad range of competence (NVQ) and training qualifications, and have adopted a flexible partnership approach, with one of their leading training centres North West Skills Academy Ltd.

North West Skills Academy deliver specialist and heritage qualifications from Entry Level to Level 6 including: bricklaying, painting and decorating, plant operations, trowel trades, wood occupations, and many more. Construction skills are vital for the UK economy, and the industry offers workers rich opportunities for advancement, and career development.

Since becoming an approved Centre in 2013, North West Skills Academy Ltd has become a leading example in best practice, with an impressive record for quality. Samuel Riley, CEO at North West Skills Academy explained, “NOCN are our preferred awarding body choice for majority of the Construction qualifications we offer for a number of reasons. Our employers and learners recognise the modern brand and want to be associated with it. The quality assurance team at NOCN are thorough and it gives us a great sense of pride to know we have always maintained a clean bill of health. The NOCN quality assurance team is always responsive and keen to support our learners needs.”.

Cliff Pooley, NOCN Business Development Manager Construction (North) added, “It is great to partner with North West Skills Ltd who put the heart of learners needs at everything they do. Samuel and the team ensure quality is a key priority for all their qualifications, working with our Quality Assurance team to maintain their high standards.”

To find out more about North West Skills Academy Ltd and their range of NOCN competence (NVQ) and training qualifications visit: