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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NOCN and WorldSkills UK launch report on improving productivity in UK Construction

NOCN and WorldSkills UK will launch the ‘Constructing SMARTER’ report, part of the WorldSkills UK ‘Seeing is Believing’ Programme, at ‘WorldSkills UK LIVE’ on 21-23 November 2019.

The report is the result of research carried out by NOCN in the Summer of 2019 to understand the current position of the UK construction sector, what can be learnt from competitor countries, and how the UK can find a way forward by ‘Constructing SMARTER’. Participation in the WorldSkills UK ‘Seeing is Believing’ programme provided international insights from the WorldSkills ‘Skills Olympics’ competition in Kazan, Russia, in August 2019, from observing international competitions and meeting with employers and skills organisations from around the world to share knowledge and understanding on construction practices and skills from different nations.

Mark Buckton, Director of Job Cards & Construction Services at NOCN, explains: “This new report documents our learnings on global best practice in construction and sets out recommendations for employers, government and training providers on how we increase productivity in the UK construction industry through improved skills development.”

The report’s key findings identified that construction is facing similar issues across the globe when it comes to productivity, skills shortages, challenges of the digital revolution, barriers to recruitment, and levels of literacy and numeracy. However, the UK falls behind in areas where the most productive construction sectors around the world excel, including the perception of careers in construction; the structure of the workforce (the most successful nations have a higher proportion of directly employed workers which makes training and upskilling easier); and the adoption of highly productive construction techniques. A range of recommendations are designed to create more of a sense of ownership and involvement from UK employers and other key stakeholders, and drive forward the widespread implementation of key industry innovations.

The study team for the report included Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director at NOCN; Mark Buckton, Director of Job Cards & Construction Services at NOCN; Braden Connolly, Director of Products and Services at the Construction Industry Training Body (CITB); and Harkesh Ram, Curriculum Manager, Advanced Building Technologies, at Dudley College of Technology.

Graham Hasting Evans will officially launch the report during his presentation at WorldSkills UK LIVE . The full report will then be available to download at