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 Group Supports Major College Group and its Vocational Skills Competition in 2021

As a global TVET charity, NOCN Group is proud to support NCG in the advancing of its skill development programmes.

As the UK economy emerges from a COVID induced hibernation, re-skilling, re-tooling supported by high-quality vocational programmes, will be vital to ensure that UK employers have access to the very best and highest skilled vocational talent in the world.

During National apprenticeship week in 2021 (8th-14th February 2021) NCG will be running a group-wide programme of “Skill Finals” where the winners of the local heats will compete on a group-wide platform, within programmes such as Bricklaying to Hospitality and Hair and Beauty. With a focus on the resumption of the World Skills UK competitions in 2021, NCG will be aiming to develop an annual pathway for registration to the world’s biggest skill competition.

NOCN Group is an appointed End Point Assessment Organisation for a number of these programmes and will be supplying technical judges in both the Construction and Hospitality finals, as well as sponsoring over fifty prizes for the regional placed winners and runners up.

Supporting incentives such as the NCG competitions is a vital part of NOCN Group’s charitable objectives and a way to “give back” to the next generation of workforce talent. Thomas Burton, NOCN’s Director of Apprenticeships, who will himself be judging the Culinary Arts final commented on the opportunity:

“During my early career, I had opportunities to compete in both the Young Chef/Young Waiter competition and the Craft Guild for Chefs, Young National Chef of the Year. Both these skill competitions allowed me to develop and focus my abilities and pit my standards against some of the countries very best hospitality talent. Supporting the next generation of vocational talent is close to my heart and this opportunity presents NOCN Group as an educational charity a great way of connecting with the workforce of the future”.

Grant Glendinning, Executive Principal, NCG North and Strategic Lead for Apprenticeships commented:

“We are thrilled to have the support of NOCN as we launch our inaugural NCG Skills Competition during National Apprenticeship Week 2021.

Apprenticeships are key to developing a skilled workforce that is fit for purpose and at NCG we strive to ensure that enterprise, engagement and employability are at the centre of every learner experience.

This competition will offer apprentices across all NCG colleges an opportunity to develop and share their skills and knowledge with employers and industry supporters like NOCN. This will not only enhance their learning experience but their employability prospects too, which is why this support is so invaluable.”


National Apprenticeship Week 2021, takes place between the 8th and 14th of February and NOCN Group will be highlighting the very best of the competitions via its social media channels and website.