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 Cymru, six months in Cardiff and loving it

In August 2018, NOCN opened a new office in Cardiff to better serve the Welsh region.

NOCN has been creating opportunities in Wales for over 25 years through its range of vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and educational services. It works closely with FE Colleges, training providers, employers, charitable organisations and local authorities, helping people realise their potential through learning, improving lives and boosting local productivity.

In August, NOCN opened a new office in Cardiff to better serve the region; chosen for its great central location in the city, the office serves as a base for the area where the dedicated NOCN Cymru team work with local providers to help deliver courses on subjects such as employability and personal development, English language, digital skills and construction.

NOCN Account and Sector Manager Julie said: “Six months in our new office and I love the passion of our customers to help learners do great things, from gaining the skills to get a new job, to improving confidence or even just to learn for the enjoyment of learning. NOCN is here to work in partnership with colleges and training providers, helping them effectively deliver high quality courses. That is what we’re about.”

NOCN Cymru is part of NOCN Group which also includes Cskills Awards, the construction arm of NOCN. This ensures that the Welsh construction industry has access to the widest range of construction skills available, supporting vital infrastructure, house building and redevelopment projects which will boost the local economy.

Julie continued: “Because we are part of NOCN Group, NOCN Cymru is able to access many more products for its customers which smaller awarding organisations simply can’t. So we can offer a local service for Wales with the clout of a much bigger organisation, which is a real benefit to our customers.”

NOCN Group is a not for profit, charitable organisation, dedicated to improving access to learning and skills. It includes NOCN, one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations and independent Apprentice Assessment providers, NOCN India Skills Foundation, and One Awards, a leading Access Validating Agency.

Through One Awards, also part of NOCN Group, NOCN Cymru can help people get to university through Access to HE qualifications. These diplomas are designed for adults wishing to apply for University and who do not have the necessary qualifications. Diplomas are available in a wide range of subjects including, Teaching, Engineering, Medicine, Creative and Digital Industries to name just a few.

Julie concludes: “There’s lots that we offer and I’d encourage any providers or employers to get in touch about our products, especially if they are an apprentice employer and operating cross-border, because we can support the new apprenticeship standards in Wales as Welsh regulated qualifications. We also have many of the traditional apprenticeships available for delivery so call us for a chat and find out NOCN can support your business, whether as an employer or learning provider.”

To find out more, speak to the NOCN team on 0300 999 1177.

To find out more about NOCN Cymru, see: