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 MD joins Learning and Work Institute’s new Youth Commission

Learning and Work Institute’s Youth Commission has released a report this week highlighting an employment prospect opportunity divide amongst young people.

The report has been released for the launch of the new Youth Commission, which will be looking at why so many young people aren’t in education, employment or training (in spite of the legal requirement for them to be so) and what can be done to fix it.

The report has highlighted the following statistics, based on polling sample of 5000 adults in the UK, which demonstrations the extent of the problem:

  • 700,000 16-24 year olds are not in education, employment or training
  • 45% of 16-34 year olds say that work placements should be a priority, but older people are twice as likely than young people to call for a focus on English and Maths and an expansion of apprenticeships
  • 36% of people in higher socioeconomic groups said reducing university fees should be a priority, only 25% of those in lower socioeconomic groups supported it, preferring instead more opportunities to learn through life

NOCN’s Group Managing Director, Graham Hasting-Evans, is on the Advisory Group of the Commission, and will be using his vast experience within the education sector to contribute to recommendations due to be released in Spring/Summer 2019 for improving education and employment prospects for young people. As part of this research report, Graham will be evaluating how government reforms, specifically apprenticeships and T-levels, will impact the jobs market.