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 sponsoring and supporting the Learning and Work Institute’s third Youth Commission report

What are the likely future changes in demographics and the labour market, and the implications of these on employment and education outcomes for young people?

Today, the Learning and Work Institute is launching its third report ‘Tomorrow’s World: future of the labour market’ which investigates the changes in demographics and labour market opportunities for young people as upskilling and retraining becomes an essential part of career development.

NOCN’s Managing Director, Graham Hasting-Evans, has been involved in the meetings and debates in the lead up to the report after joining the Advisory Group of the Youth Commission in July 2018. Using his vast experience within the education sector, Graham has contributed to the recommendations for improving education and employment prospects for young people within the report, and how support and advice services can adapt to drive a sustainable and productive workforce.

“As a leading education and skills charity, focused on helping learners and apprentices to reach their potential, we are delighted to be able to support this research. If the UK is to tackle the inequalities in education and skills; driving an economy which is sustainable and inclusive, we need to address the five key challenges for 16-24 year olds as set out in this Report of the Youth Commission. This is a great start.”
Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director, NOCN

Download and read the report here.