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 Appoints New Chair of Trustees

NOCN, the awarding and assessment organisation, has announced the appointment of Gareth Jones as the new of Chair of Trustees.

Gareth Jones, Director of HR at M&G Investments, the international asset manager of more than 80 years standing, joined the NOCN board in April and takes over from outgoing Chair David Knight who retires at the end of June after nine years in the position.

Gareth was previously head of organisational development and training, having joined Prudential's fund management business in 1998. Before joining M&G, he was a managing consultant with a consultancy business, focused on leadership development and project and risk management with a particular emphasis on the financial sector. In his early years he held a range of commercial and business management and development roles.

Gareth said:

"Joining NOCN as its new Chair is not only a privilege, but also an opportunity for me to make a difference to learners lives whilst supporting the charity in its mission to offer a robust, diverse and flexible service to its customers. I hope to bring my background in financial services and prior experience of a range of sectors to the benefit of NOCN because I believe in an ethical and principle-driven approach to business, which the organisation clearly offers."

NOCN Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans comments:

"I am pleased to welcome Gareth as our new Chair. This is a great appointment and will help NOCN continue its momentum to diversify and become a stronger awarding and assessment organisation. I also want to take this opportunity to thank David Knight, our outgoing chair, who has done an amazing job of helping steer NOCN to become the success story we see today."