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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 partnership with Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University

Both organisations agreed to work together to map common standards on job roles and skill training to enhance skills development on a national and global scale.

Following an introductory meeting, facilitated by Capable HR Solutions (an NOCN partner) in September (26/09/17), NOCN MD, Graham Hasting-Evans and team met with Raj Nehru, Vice of Chancellor of Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University, based in Gurugram in the Indian state of Haryana about areas of collaboration and international qualifications. Both organisations agreed to work together to map common standards on job roles and skill training to enhance skills development on a national and global scale.

HVSU is a new form of Indian university, focused on vocational and technical education and work-based learning. The institution specialises in level 6 (degree) and level 7 (masters) in key industry sectors with employer support, e.g. Automotive and Mechatronics, Cyber Security, Healthcare and care for the elderly, Banking and Finance, and the Indian Smart Cities Initiatives.

The aims of the partnership will help bridge the gap between academic excellence and industry know-how, to create industry ready resources at international level which will support the Government of India’s skills investment programmes, e.g. ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’ and ‘Start-up India’ program and preparing the Indian industry to compete on a global platform and adapting the best practices in skill development of UK and the European countries vocational systems in India.

An agreed output of the initial meeting was for NOCN to undertake a mapping exercise of HVSU Bachelor of Science Automotive Mechatronics Degree Programme with emphasis on the curriculum content, structure and vocational learning with the employer, which NOCN has produced an interim dossier of its findings and recommendations for the university, going forward in curriculum planning.

Last December in Delhi, India, the Vice-Chancellor, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the presence of Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director for and on behalf of NOCN and the Managing Director, NOCN India Skills Foundation and Col. Ashwani Joshi (RetD) MD of HR Capable Solution.

MOU report | Skills Reporter 13/12/17

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