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 wins fifth apprentice assessment

We are pleased to announce that NOCN has been appointed as an apprentice assessment organisation (AAO) to deliver end point assessments (EPA) for another reformed standard, taking the number of EPA appointments to five.

The new standard is:

Engineering Design and Draughtsperson - Level 3

NOCN has a number more pending approval by the Government, as it pushes ahead with its programme of reforms, central to which is the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAO).

Each new standard has to have an AAO in place ready for apprentices to be assessed at the end of their training. The AAO is contracted directly by the employer and will work together with the registered apprentice training provider to ensure each apprentice receives the best service as part of their apprenticeship experience.

"I am very proud of our team who have worked hard to win this appointment. Key to the success of this programme is quality and NOCN has clearly demonstrated excellence with the high standards it brings to the apprentice end point assessment process"
- Graham Hasting-Evans, MD, NOCN

Click here to find out more about NOCN's EPA services.

Training providers - here's some free advice on the RoATP.