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’s End Point Assessment offer put to the test by FE Week

n a recent ‘secret shopping’ exercise by FE Week, NOCN received a 4-star rating for its Apprenticeship End Point Assessment (EPA) offering.

As FE Week reports every apprenticeship standard approved for delivery must now include an EPA carried out by an Independent organisation listed on the government’s register of Approved Assessment Organisations (AAO’s).

The secret shopping exercise involved reviewing the customer service offered by a list of ten approved AAO’s and rated them out of five. NOCN was one of only two providers to score four out of five and was commended in the process for being well informed, helpful and flexible. Read the full report in FE Week HERE.

Graham Hasting-Evans, MD at NOCN comments: “We are pleased that FE Week has recognised the quality of our EPA offering. As a top two, Government-approved AAO for EPA of 24 apprenticeship standards in 10 specialist sectors and having been involved in the development of the newly reformed apprenticeships, we know these standards 'inside out'. This enables us to design and deliver an assessment process that has a long term impact on the apprentice’s social mobility and employability.”

The benefits of choosing NOCN to deliver Apprenticeship End-Point Assessment include:

  • AAO operationally ready to deliver EPA now
  • Transparent and competitively priced EPA fees
  • Vocational experience and assessment expertise
  • Friendly, flexible and responsive service
  • EPA Management IT system: Horizon
  • On-going EPA support from pre-assessment to completion
  • Client assurance - NOCN regulated by Ofqual with excellent QA processes
  • Rapid turnaround of NOCN EPA certificates
  • Focus on social mobility and commercial impact, not profit
  • An ethos and passion for creating opportunities through vocational skills

Find out more about NOCN’s Apprenticeship Assessment process HERE