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 New CITB Campaign to Attract Next Generation Construction Workforce

As the one of the UK’s biggest construction sector awarding and assessment organisations, we wholeheartedly welcome the new “big, bold” careers campaign from our valued partner, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The campaign is designed to attract a new generation of workers to the construction industry.

In 2017, NOCN Group became the UK’s second largest construction Awarding Organisation (AO), following our acquisition of CSkills Awards from CITB. Widely respected, CSkills brought an enhanced range of approved qualifications that meet the needs of employers, colleges, training providers and participants. Crucially, these include extensive construction qualifications from ‘license to practice’ to professional development, English and maths Functional Skills and the new ‘T Level’ technical qualifications from Autumn 2019.

Then, late last year, we substantially consolidated our position as a leading education charity by acquiring the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) from CITB. The move also freed CITB up to take on a more strategic and influential role focusing on securing the right training mix, high standards and quality assurance – thus building employer confidence in the market.


With this in mind, the levy-funded initiative announced last week outlines the ‘big six skills challenges’ identified by CITB research, the most important skills challenges faced by the construction industry, all of which are key drivers for NOCN/CSkills Awards too, including:

  • making construction an attractive career to a broader range of recruits
  • developing a ‘site-ready’ workforce
  • getting more construction learners to join the industry
  • growing the number and diversity of apprentices
  • helping smaller firms invest in the training that can transform their business
  • boosting the number of assessors for vocational qualifications.

Explaining how it will work, the CITB said: “This big, bold campaign will highlight the many fantastic and well-paid career opportunities available, reaching groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in the industry.

“It will provide clear information on how to get into construction, including through apprenticeships and work experience, and will showcase the support available, such as higher CITB funding rates for apprenticeships.”

The campaign’s focus on specifically targeting groups not noted for their close ties with the industry, this mirrors NOCN Group’s ethos of providing ‘opportunity to all’ and our commitment to increasing diversity, inclusion and social mobility within the sector.

The FE colleges, training providers and employers that NOCN Group work with benefit from our extensive range of qualifications, apprenticeships and apprentice End Point Assessments and we offer a complete learner package to encourage and enable growth, improved productivity and greater competitive advantage.

This new campaign from CITB will amplify this, ensuring that Construction is given the recognition it deserves as an exciting, future-facing career choice.

More information on the CITB campaign can be found HERE.