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 MD Graham delighted to be new BACH President

NOCN Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans appointed as BACH President

The British Association of Construction Heads (BACH) whose members manage the majority of Learners studying the construction FE curriculum in the UK, has appointed NOCN MD Graham Hasting-Evans as its new president, who says he is “delighted to accept the position”.

Graham joins BACH as a long-serving member of the Institute of Civil Engineers with extensive experience in the UK and internationally on a host of civil engineering projects. He will fulfil the Bach role alongside his position leading NOCN Group; where he will continue to champion high quality qualifications, skills and apprenticeships in the UK and internationally.

Five years of reform and still no bricklayers!

In a personal statement, Graham gives his assessment of the apprenticeship reforms, T-Levels and BREXIT and how these impact on the construction sector:

“It is disappointing that after five frustrating years the Government’s system has not been able to certificate a single bricklayer, carpenter or plasterer on the new Trailblazer apprenticeship standards.”

On apprenticeships and T-Levels, he continues,

“We are unlikely to see any significant benefits to the construction industry for over five years, or possibly much longer. With BREXIT in March 2019, the industry will need a short-term programme to span the gap. This will have to include up-skilling of our existing workforce.”

BACH continues to step up to the plate

It is in this challenging context that Graham joins BACH and his message is upbeat:

“One thing is sure and that is, despite all the difficulties, BACH members will continue to step up to the plate to give the industry what its needs. I see BACH’s roll as supporting its members through this major period of change so that they in turn can support the employers, apprentices and learners”.

Further information

  • Read the President of BACH Statement in full, here.
  • For further information on BACH, click here.
  • BACH Enquiries to: Ian Stirling, Business Manager, BACH. Direct Line 07539 143 184, Email:
  • NOCN and Graham Hastign-Evans related enquries to: James Harkness, NOCN, Tel: 07904 034 030 or email: 
Follow Graham's BACH Twitter account here - @BACH_President