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 welcomes increased investment in skills and training

As a leading education and skills charity, NOCN Group welcomes the Government’s £2.5 billion investment in the National Skills Fund, to help adults retrain and upskill for future job roles.

With the increased unemployment created by the COVID19 pandemic, this investment is much needed to improve job prospects and boost economic recovery.

NOCN Group are pleased to offer a wide range of the skills training courses now supported by the National Skills fund. Adults aged 24 and over will be able to achieve their first full NOCN Level 3 qualifications through one of our network of training providers and further education colleges. The £95 million in funding from the Government for these technical qualifications will be a good start in helping adults to retrain for changing job roles.

The £43 million funding of the Skills bootcamps is also welcomed by NOCN Group. These bootcamps offer flexible 12 – 16 week courses with the aim of building sector-specific skills to facilitate transition into work, which is funded by the Government. Construction and digital skills are at the fore of this skills development programme, and NOCN Group are pleased to be supporting this. We offer one of the widest range of construction courses in the industry through our CSkills Awards, SiteRight courses and CPCS cards, and we have been at the forefront of developing the construction bootcamps and traineeships through our work with BACH and CITB.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Managing Director of NOCN Group and Chair of BACH said: “The COVID19 pandemic has exacerbated the skills gap in the UK, fast-tracking change and severely impacting many sectors, causing widespread redundancies. The new National Skills Fund is a good start in supporting the redeployment of people into alternative opportunities, through retraining and upskilling. We look forward to supporting these learners on their lifelong learning journey.”

As a not-for-profit leading Awarding and End Point Assessment Organisation, providing high quality vocational and technical qualifications and apprenticeships across the UK and internationally, NOCN Group’s priority is to provide skills for work and life, improving social mobility and productivity. In partnership with Further Education Colleges and Training Providers, NOCN Group offer ‘lifetime skills’ solutions for work, arming learners with not just job-specific competences but also the ability to adapt to a working environment that is changing at pace, throughout their lives.

About NOCN Group

As a progressive educational and skills charity with a social rather than commercial focus, NOCN Group is at the forefront of vocational skills development and apprenticeships, in the UK and internationally.
NOCN Group offers a wide range of education and skills services, including regulated qualifications, EPA for apprenticeships, Traineeships, Job Cards in construction, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke accreditation and educational and skills support training.

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