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:

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.

Update 29th March 2021

On 24th March, Ofqual published the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) which allows NOCN to provide centres with awarding arrangements for learners who have had their training and assessment disrupted in 2021. To view more information on the arrangements in place by NOCN, please click here.

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 Productivity Lab research on how international learning must drive skills excellence

NOCN has formed a strategic partnership with WorldSkills UK to work together to share global skills insights with businesses, education bodies and governments through the WorldSkills UK Productivity Lab.

As the exclusive partner to WorldSkills UK’s ground-breaking Productivity Lab, NOCN is today attending the launch in Westminster of its latest piece of research from SKOPE, University of Oxford, entitled ‘Good People in a Flawed System: The Challenges of Mainstreaming Excellence in Technical Education’.

The overarching role of the Productivity Lab is to help mainstream world-class excellence in skills across the UK and this latest insight explores the role of WorldSkills’ Training Managers and how their expertise and experience can be maximised.

Training Managers are the skills experts that devote their spare time to coaching and preparing a team of young people to compete at international skills competitions. They have the technical knowledge and competition experience to know what it takes to become the best, but until now their role in promoting and embedding excellence in the wider skills system has been overlooked.

Speakers at the event include NOCN’s MD, Graham Hasting-Evans, along with Dr Susan James Relly, Deputy Director SKOPE, University of Oxford, Sue Husband, Director of Employer and Employee Engagement, ESFA, Shelagh Legrave OBE DL, CEO, Chichester College.

Ben Blackledge, Deputy CEO of WorldSkills UK explains: “We’re delighted to be working with Dr Susan James Relly on this project, drawing on her expertise on TVET systems and knowledge of skills competitions, to explore in more detail than ever before the role of our Training Managers. These are often the unsung heroes of our skills competition success so it is vital that we understand the unique role they play and how this expertise and experience can be used across skills systems in the UK”.

As 37 talented young people gear up to represent the UK at the Skills Olympics in Russia, today’s event will explore how more young people could benefit from world-class vocational education and training.

View the latest report ‘Good People in a Flawed System: The Challenges of Mainstreaming Excellence in Technical Education’ here.