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 for two new construction EPA

NOCN announces Government approval to deliver end point assessment for two more apprenticeship standards in construction for carpentry and joinery at Levels 2 and 3.

NOCN is pleased to announce two new apprenticeship end-point assessment (EPA) approvals in construction, bringing its total EPA approvals to 46, one of the highest in the sector.

The new Standards are:


The Level 2 is for people using timber products to create and install building components and the Level 3 specifies additional responsibility for someone managing their own and other people’s work, as well as being required to complete complex and non-standard work.

NOCN has been at the forefront of the EPA market from the outset and is delivering apprentice assessments for customers in many other sectors, including Financial Services, Retail and the Public Sector.

NOCN is also a leading Awarding Organisation with an extensive range of qualifications available for training providers. Through its Construction arm, Cskills Awards, NOCN offers the widest range of construction skills qualifications available, including heritage, traditional and modern and recently introducing heating and plumbing with BPEC

With its EPA and qualifications offer, NOCN is able to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for the construction sector, including the qualifications specified in these two Standards:

NOCN Head of Construction Mark Buckton said:

“I am really pleased that we can now offer these bigger and better services to our construction customers. From qualifications to apprentice assessment, NOCN and Cskills Awards is leading the way in the sector to ensure such high quality skills and apprenticeships are available to meet the demands of construction, house building and large infrastructure projects.”

To view NOCN’s range of EPA services, click here.

To view further information on the Standards, visit the Government IFA website.

If you are interested in finding out more about these two new standards, please get in touch with your local Business Development contact - click here for contact details.