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 signs partnership agreement with HL25 srl and AELS Ltd for ESOL delivery in Italy

The leading educational charity, NOCN Group is excited to announce a partnership with Italian organisations HL25 srl and AELS Ltd to offer NOCN ESOL International to state and private schools and universities.

NOCN is pleased to have entered into an agreement with Italian organisations HL25 srl and AELS Ltd to offer NOCN ESOL International examinations to a large number of state and private schools and universities.

School pupils, university graduates and teachers will all be able to take the AELS /NOCN ESOL International examinations at a range of CEFR level from A1 – C2.

As the operation progresses, we aim to be offering the AELS/NOCN ESOL International English Language exams in close to 600 different eCampus sites in mainland Italy, Sicily and Sardinia.

This new partnership is a very exciting move for NOCN and will complement the large number of NOCN ESOL examinations currently delivered in Greece, to enable learners the opportunity to improve English language skills to help them with work and life prospects, with leading providers of education in Italy.

NOCN ESOL International Exam centres are also planned for Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius and India over the next 12 months.

About AELS

AELS has been an awarding body of language qualifications since 2017, recognised in Italy up to B1 level in the CEFR. The registered office is in London. We also offer courses for a range of kids to adults, so, we collaborate with HL25 and cover all the requests from the kindergartens to Universities and the world of work.

About HL25 srl

Higher Learning 25 (HL25) is a professional training organisation established in 2017 from an entrepreneurial initiative dedicated to the high-quality training, responding to the needs of learners’ needs, and to confirm their own skills in contexts of direct engagement.

HL25 bases its mission of the importance of lifelong learning to enable individuals to succeed in their own cultural growth following the changes of the society.

About NOCN Group

NOCN Group is an education and skills charity, set up in 1987 to create opportunities through learning and skills development. It is a major UK and international awarding organisation (AO) and a provider of over 500 regulated qualifications. NOCN is ‘recognised’ by the UK Qualifications Regulator, Ofqual and well as other regulatory bodies. It is also one of the UK’s Government approved leading end-point assessment organisations (EPAO) for apprenticeships. NOCN provides apprenticeship assessments and qualifications as well as associated support for basic and foundation skills including employability skills, functional skills maths, English and ESOL (SfL and International).

NOCN is a market-leading international Awarding Organisation (AO) and Government-approved End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) that has been creating opportunities for 30 years. NOCN Group includes NOCN, NOCN India Skills Foundation, CSkills Awards and One Awards.

We are trusted and recognised by employers, training providers and learners in the UK and internationally, to provide a high quality, flexible service and we believe passionately in the power of education and its impact on communities and individuals.

As a progressive educational charity with a social rather than commercial focus, we are at the forefront of vocational skills development and apprenticeships, including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in the UK.