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 New CITB Campaign to tackle Construction Skills Challenges and Enhance Productivity

Construction is one of the key sectors identified as worst hit by productivity deficits and, as such, it is vital to draw more talent to it and retain and develop it, locking in and enhancing skills, so that productivity is driven upwards.

So 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), which is designed to attract a new generation of workers to the construction industry.

The ‘big six skills challenges’ identified by CITB research, all of which are key drivers for NOCN/CSkills Awards, too, include:

  • 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.

This all supports recommendations outlined in NOCN Group’s recent report, co-authored with the Learning & Work Institute, Skills to Drive a Productive Society, which highlights long-standing and widening productivity gaps.

These are currently running at around 30% with other comparable nations. Unlike most developed countries, the UK has not recovered since the financial crisis of a decade ago – indeed, it is virtually flat-lining.

Engaging with and motivating the next generation of construction workers – often from communities and background not historically known for their close connections with the sector – the latest CITB careers drive is set to be a driving force of the positive turnaround needed.

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.

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.