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 South Yorkshire Apprenticeship Champion Award

Sheffield-based top-two Government-approved Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation (AAO) NOCN is sponsoring the Apprenticeship Champion category of the North Midlands and South Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

These awards celebrate and recognise the hardworking individuals and organisations involved in apprenticeships and how they shape our future.

The Apprenticeship Champion category, sponsored by NOCN, is open to past apprentices that have made exceptional achievements since completing their apprenticeship. NOCN MD Graham Hasting-Evans said:

“As an approved End Point Assessment provider for new apprenticeship standards, successful completion of apprenticeships and increased employability/career progression/social mobility is a cause very close to our hearts. We call it ‘Making Apprenticeships Matter’.”

“We have been creating opportunities for 30 years as an awarding organisation and being an educational charity means that we understand both the commercial and social aspects of vocational training and apprenticeships. We’re therefore happy to support an award that recognises the impact apprenticeships can have on individuals and organisations over the long term and look forward to finding out more about the winning entry.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 16 May 2017 at Showroom Workstation in Sheffield. Other categories include small/medium/large employer of the year, training provider of the year and mentor of the year.

Find out more about the awards at and find out more about NOCN’s apprenticeship assessment services at