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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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 forges new employer-led skills partnership in India

NOCN Group and the Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD) have joined forces on an exciting new partnership to deliver an ‘Internationally Certified Trainer Programme’ in India.

NOCN Group brings its extensive experience as a leading awarding body, apprenticeship assessment organisation and skills consultancy to the Indian market to boost skills development, productivity and social mobility.

The Government and private sector in India are undergoing rapid transformation when it comes to innovation, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and the rise of its ‘start-up culture’, and this has led to increased job creation. With the younger generation now constituting the largest segment of the working population, this demographic needs to be developed and channelled in a way that nurtures their energy and potential. Human Resources teams within organisations therefore need to be focussed on efficiency and productivity when it comes to training their trainers.

Trainers are key to driving this forward in every type of organisation and ISTD will build flexible employer-led programmes and qualifications for individuals, employers, employer groups and communities, helping Indian business to thrive and grow. NOCN Group will provide independent validation and endorsement for the programme as well as Quality Assurance standards and International Certification of the ISTD courses delivered.

The programme covers selected areas of Human Resource Development with special emphasis on:

  • Training of trainers.
  • Training goals and objectives.
  • Training tools and technologies.

The Memorandum of Understanding ceremony will take place on Saturday 12 October 2019 in Delhi, India, where NOCN’s Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans will join Dr Nataraj Ray, National President of the Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD), to officially launch the collaboration.

Graham said “NOCN has been designing and operating consistent and reliable vocational skills assessment tests and examinations for nearly 30 years. We are delighted to be able to support ISTD by quality assuring and providing international certification for their new courses.”

The ISTD was established in 1970 in New Delhi, India and is a national premier professional membership organisation. Its membership base comprises a combination of individuals and institutions involved in training and development of Human Resource


Find out more about NOCN’s work in India HERE