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 Group forges partnership with SIEG in China

NOCN Group has signed a formal agreement with Sloane International Education Group (SIEG) based in Hong Kong, China. SIEG is now officially an NOCN Centre for Endorsed Programmes and registrations for courses will commence later this year.

The partnership was officially launched at a ribbon cutting ceremony at SIEG’s new offices in Shenzhen Talents Park, situated in the district of Futian, one of China’s 20 economic enterprise regions. The Shenzhen Talents Park specialises in developing HR and employability skills for young people and promoting an active workforce. The launch ceremony was attended by SIEG’s Chairman, Francis Chiu, Jessica Chiu, CEO and SIEG staff.

Head of International Business Development, at NOCN, Stephen Ram Kissun explains: “Our partnership with SIEG is an exciting one and it was an honour to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at SIEG’s impressive new offices, that signifies good fortune and prosperity for this new collaboration, exploring endorsed programmes and the offer of regulated qualifications.”

Shenzhen is earmarked to be China’s answer to the ‘Silicon Valley’ in California, US with Allababa, Tencent and other Chinese tech companies, based there.

The partnership with SIEG was forged following an initial meeting, organised on the back of a Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission, supported by the Department for International Trade in 2018. Fabienne Bailey, MD of NOCN’s subsidiary organisation One Awards, joined colleagues from other northern businesses to manage a stand throughout the Expo to promote the concept that ‘Education is Great’ in the UK. During the Expo, Fabienne had the opportunity to present the recent research completed by the NOCN Group and the Learning and Work Institute ‘Skills for a Productive Society’.

The Expo was a great success, allowing both the NOCN Group and its subsidiary One Awards to engage with Hong Kong and Chinese partners, whilst also connecting with other Northern Powerhouse businesses.

Find out more about our international work HERE