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’s Managing Director, Graham Hasting-Evans has been appointed onto the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Taskforce (CCATF), an initiative chaired by Martyn Price MBE and designed to increase employer engagement in apprenticeship training.

NOCN recently announced its acquisition of CSkills Awards from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) which created the second largest construction Awarding Organisation (AO) in the UK and is committed to offering a complete learner package to support in and aid the growth of the UK construction industry.

As part of this commitment, NOCN will be hosting a series of regional events around the UK aimed at construction training providers as consultative events. These events will bring together all providers to consider which skills and qualifications are needed moving forward and how to ensure we have a more productive workforce. Similarly, NOCN will also be hosting its first ‘Future Skills & Productivity in Construction Conference’, in December in London, to assemble and engage employers from across the construction industry to consider which skills and qualifications do they need, so that workforce is competitive and highly skilled. For more details please visit

Graham comments: “The CCATF’s role is to communicate the positive benefits of training and apprenticeships to employers in the construction sector, whilst influencing government policy to ensure the best environment for construction apprenticeship training, which is fully aligned with NOCN’s approach, as one of the largest construction awarding organisations in the UK.”

Graham’s role will involve championing the apprenticeship agenda and he will meet regularly with the Taskforce to discuss and debate key industry agendas.

The CCATF’s mission statement is; “To champion the ethos and culture of training within the construction industry by working with industry peers and stakeholders; to encourage those not training to do so and those that train to do more by promoting the benefits and value that an apprentice can bring to an employer.”

Now one organisation, NOCN and CSkills Awards offer a complete learner package to support in and aid the growth of the UK construction industry. This includes the provision of Apprenticeship End Point Assessment (EPA). Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of the construction industry and NOCN is operationally ready to support the sector as the UK’s number one independent EPA provider.

Find out more about the CCATF HERE