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 Third AAO

I am pleased to say that NOCN has been approved by the SFA for the Public Service Operational Delivery Officer standard. This is now the third new standard for which NOCN has been approved as an Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO), the previous two being Property Maintenance Operative and Financial Services Customer Adviser.

The Public Service Operational Delivery Officer standard is applicable for people working on the front line in public services in central, NHS and local government and so this will be an important apprenticeship to help improve service standards across the public sector.

Becoming an AAO in a third sector is significant for NOCN. The sectors for which NOCN has been approved (construction, finance, public sector) shows our expanding range of expertise and competence and as the FE sector moves more towards reformed apprenticeships and away from traditional vocational qualifications, we are demonstrating our flexibility and responsiveness, staying competitive in a dynamic market.

Reformed apprenticeships represent a BIG challenge for all Awarding Organisations because they do not necessarily include a qualification. Instead the focus is on end point assessments to indicate if an apprentice is able to do a job and to what level. We have been on quite a journey over the last year to repurpose NOCN as an Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO) as well as an Awarding Organisation (AO), both for the UK and internationally. It has been challenging but worth it and now we are ahead of the curve.

Our offering now includes:

  • End-Point Assessments for three standards and we plan to increase these
  • 49 Trailblazer standards
  • 35 SASE apprenticeship frameworks
  • 350+ funded qualifications

The overarching trend is towards more apprenticeships, with colleges and training providers on board with this new initiative. NOCN, as one of just a few AAOs approved by the SFA, is now well placed to support colleges and training providers by awarding their existing SASE apprenticeships and providing the support to transition these into the new reformed apprenticeships.

Watch this pace for more AAO announcements.