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 proud to be supporting the AELP conference 2019

As a patron of AELP, NOCN is proud to be supporting the 2019 Annual Conference 24-25 June in London.

The topic for this year’s event is Skills for Better Productivity and Social Mobility, a theme that is integral to the ongoing work of NOCN and its commitment to boosting the UK’s productivity and economic competitiveness.

AELP represents independent learning providers and is committed to working with its members, government and employers to support the development of policies that deliver high quality, learner-centred skills and employability services. The annual conference is vital to driving improvement and best practice within the sector through the sharing of information and contribution to the productivity agenda, all with the aim to drive better skills for the UK’s workforce.

Over the two-day conference, there will be an array of workshops and presentations for delegates to attend, along with a keynote speech from Anne Milton MP, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister.

NOCN’s Director of Apprenticeships, Tom Burton, will be hosting a workshop focussing on the positive impact of apprenticeships. He will shine the spotlight on Level 2 Apprenticeships and the doors they open for learners, not just in the construction sector, but also hospitality, finance, health care, social care, business and customer service. In his workshop, Tom will discuss the national importance of maintaining a pipeline of talent, focussing on the contribution Level 2 Apprenticeships have in providing the fundamental skills learners require to progress to higher levels and upskill in their chosen sector.

NOCN’s subsidiary organisation, One Awards, will also be running a workshop called ‘Maximising Access to Higher Education Opportunities’ delivered by One Awards’ Managing Director Fabienne Bailey and Access to HE Manager John Earland. The workshop will help delegates to understand why colleges and training providers should offer Access to HE Diplomas and how they can benefit learners by maximising opportunities.

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