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 supports 2018 VAS Make a Difference Awards

On Thursday 22 November the Voluntary Action Sheffield, Make a Difference Awards took place at the Octagon Centre in Sheffield.

NOCN were the award partners for a fantastic evening of celebration, honouring the individuals and organisations working in the city to make a difference to the lives of people and communities in Sheffield.

NOCN’s Finance Director, Simon Renny presented the Inclusion and Equality Award, which was awarded to Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English (SAVTE).

SAVTE train volunteer ESOL tutors, giving them the skills and confidence to support learners in their homes who could not otherwise access mainstream ESOL classes due to health or care reasons. Work similar to NOCN, who offer offer colleges and training providers ESOL qualifications to improve the lives and career prospects of people who are learning English as a new language.

Stella Burton, Manager, SAVTE said: "Getting this award is recognition of the valuable work carried out by SAVTE staff and volunteers and it is a great way to raise awareness of our ESOL services for people in Sheffield. I hope it will help to attract new English language learners through referrals and from people who want to refer themselves for support, because we offer a range of ESOL provision, including classroom activity, conversation groups and one-to-one home visits. SAVTE ESOL support helps learners improve English language skills, improves their confidence and communication skills and helps to build community cohesion."

James Harkness, Marketing Manager commented on the event: “We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to partner with VAS to honour the individuals and organisations making a difference in Sheffield. As a charitable organisation it is important for NOCN to give back to the local community and supporting the Make a Difference Awards was a fitting way to do this.”

The evening, hosted by Seth Bennett featured seven award categories including the Employment and Skills award and Champion of the Sector Award. Lord David Blunkett closed the ceremony by thanking all the volunteers for the work they do and highlighting what a great place Sheffield is for bringing people together through voluntary and charitable work.

Click here to see all the photos from the evening.