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 Approved as Financial Services Apprentice Assessment Organisation

NOCN has been approved as an Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO) for two trailblazer standards in Financial Services:

  • Financial Services Customer Adviser - Level 2
  • Senior Financial Services Customer Adviser - Level 3

This is a great result for NOCN which has strengthened its expertise in apprentice assessments to match its range of vocational skills qualifications in financial services. This makes NOCN a market leader in financial services apprenticeship assessments.

NOCN already offers a SASE apprenticeship in financial services, developed and delivered in partnership with the CSA and as an Awarding Organisation, NOCN offers a wide range of accredited qualifications, including several in Accounting and Finance from Level 2 to level 5. Alongside these products, this new AAO approval is a clear endorsement of NOCN’s capability in the financial sector.

NOCN Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans said:

“I am thrilled that we have been successful again as an AAO for the reformed trailblazer apprenticeships. We’ve already achieved this for the Property Maintenance Operative standard and now that we’ve got these two Financial Services Customer Adviser standards, we are showing our versatility and capability to deliver assessments across a range of industries and job roles”

Assessment organisations are registered against specific apprenticeship standards. To be successful they need to apply to the SFA for each standard they want to assess. NOCN has now been successful in two cases and expects further success as the reformed apprenticeship programme expands.

The organisation has been added to the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RAAO) for these standards alongside its AAO status for the Property Maintenance Operative. It anticipates further appointments as an AAO.