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 proudly supports Festival of Learning Awards 2018

The Festival of Learning is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England, highlighting the benefits of adult learning and how it can improve lives.

NOCN has been involved with the Festival of Learning for a number of years as part of its ongoing commitment to Learning and Work, and each year the stories and experiences of award nominees demonstrate the transformational impact of learning.

"Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and who won at this year's awards. Every year when we're preparing for the Festival of Learning, I hear all these stories of achievement, what learners have done to reach their goals and then to win their awards, and I am truly inspired. Learning new skills, gaining qualifications, and improving career prospects - all of this can lead to people living better lives. This is what we're about at NOCN, it is essentially our mission to help people improve their lives through learning and skills and that is why I support this worthy campaign." – Graham Hasting-Evans, Group MD

On 12th June 2018, Festival of Learning hosted its annual Awards in central London where Graham Hasting-Evans, Managing Director at NOCN, attended to present the Learning for Work and the Employer Award. Graham was delighted to present Tracey Everitt the Learning for Work Award after she had returned to learning to create a new future for herself and her children. Tracey’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to learning has given her the confidence run her own successful Ofsted approved childminding business. On accepting her award, Tracey said “Learning opened doors for my family that I never thought would be opened”. Read Tracey’s story here.

The Employer Award celebrates employers that have used learning to develop their workforce, equipping them with the skills needed to improve productivity, raise morale and increase staff retention. Graham presented this award to pladis, the global snacking company behind McVitie’s, which accessed the Apprenticeship levy to deliver training to ‘Advanced Team Members’ (ATMs). The training reduced the pressure on the wider team as many mechanical faults could be solved by the higher-skilled ATMs. Nina Sparks from pladis said “By upskilling we’ve been able to unlock productivity and reshape our workforce to meet the future demands of our business.” Read pladis’ story here.

Along with the categories NOCN sponsored, other awards included Return to Learning, Outstanding Individual Learner Award and Social Impact Award. It was fantastic to see learners, tutors, trainers and employers sharing their success stories and receive recognition for their hard work in the education sector.
Want to get involved? Although the awards are now over for 2018, June is Festival of Learning’s ‘Have a Go Month’ which aims to showcase the thousands of opportunities for individuals to engage in learning. Read more in our blog here.