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 Tackles UK’s Productivity Crisis

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today announced that the productivity of UK workers has fallen for the second quarter in a row and economists have warned that we are seriously ‘lagging’ behind major trading partners including US, France and Germany.

NOCN Group Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans comments:

“It is well documented that the UK suffers from a serious and long-standing productivity gap, operating at around 30% lower productivity than other G7 nations. This means that wages are lower and hours are longer. At NOCN, we believe that addressing the UK's productivity challenge is absolutely vital, especially in the light of Brexit and general economic uncertainty, and we are the only awarding body with qualifications specifically focusing on this.”

Productivity Qualifications from NOCN include:

  • NOCN Level 4 Certificate in the Management of Productivity
  • NOCN Level 4 Diploma in the Management of Productivity
  • NOCN Level 5 Award in Productivity Improvement Practice
  • NOCN Level 5 Certificate in Productivity Improvement Practice
  • NOCN Level 5 Diploma in Productivity Improvement Practice
  • NOCN Level 5 Data Analysis in Support of Productivity Improvement Projects


Following his attendance at the Reform Roundtable at this week’s Conservative Party Conference, led by Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships, Graham produced the ‘Action Plan for World Beating Skills’ that looks at how we challenge the 30% productivity gap and fix the UK’s skills problem.

NOCN works with employers from micro businesses to large corporates on productivity improvement, offering a complete learner package.