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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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 launch of Government's productivity hub 'bethebusiness'

The Government’s Productivity Leadership Team has today (11 July 2017) launched bethebusiness.com to address the UK’s productivity gap by encouraging and supporting businesses and organisations to improve performance output and change workforce behaviour.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimates that, on average, Germany, France and the USA are about a third more productive than the UK. This gap currently stands at 36 percentage points behind Germany, 30 points behind the US and France and 10 points behind Italy.

NOCN, which is the only awarding body in the UK with specialist qualifications in productivity, is committed to supporting the Government’s plan to drive productivity improvements. We have been involved in the development of bethebusiness.com, providing insight and case studies on how our qualifications have tangibly increased productivity in both UK-based and Middle-Eastern organisations.

The Council’s Chair, Sir Charlie Mayfield, also Chair of the John Lewis Partnership, commented, “For many, ‘productivity’ is the language of economists, but it’s also critical to a healthy heartbeat for the economy, for wages and for competitiveness”.

NOCN’s Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans was invited as a keynote speaker to the recent 18th World Productivity Congress in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which brought together experts on productivity science development shaping future organisational strategies from across the globe.

Graham commented: “What struck me was that our competitors seem to have a better grasp of productivity and give it more priority than the UK. It is more embedded in their consciousness. There is plenty for the new bethebusiness.com team to do to change our understanding and approach to productivity. As well as innovation and capital and technological investment, skills development is one of the most important factors for improving productivity and NOCN will be leading the way in this area.”

NOCN works with employers from micro businesses to large corporates on productivity improvement, offering a complete learner package. Read about how we helped Somerset-based SME Norseland Ltd and our Productivity Improvement Program in the Middle-East here: http://www.nocn.org.uk/productivity.