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 launches white paper: Making the Apprenticeship Reforms Work

Recognising the challenges we face, the UK Government has set an ambitious policy reform agenda for apprenticeships and technical education, which recognises the needs of the economy and is employer, employee and employment focused.

Significant effort and resources have been committed over the last four years, by the Government, employers and other organisations committed to education and skills development.

At NOCN, we believe that to move forward the reforms, three key actions are necessary:

1. The Government urgently moves ahead with the setting of the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) soon to have its remit extended to include technical education;

2. The Government and the devolved administrations should work together to establish a UK-wide Skills Enhancement Strategy; and

3. The Government needs to urgently put in place a clear methodology for developing and implementing new apprenticeships and technical qualifications, underpinned by a new regulatory regime.

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in Spring 2017 brings with it some key challenges for employers but also many opportunities.

Read Graham's full white paper 'NOCN white paper on making apprenticeship reforms work January 2017' - download below.

NOCN MD Graham Hasting-Evans is available as a media/conference spokesperson on apprenticeship reforms. Contact James Harkness on with media and speaker enquiries.