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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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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One Awards to Join NOCN Group

NOCN Group and One Awards are delighted to announce that from 1 August 2018 One Awards will become a subsidiary of NOCN Group.

This move will widen the NOCN Group offer to the FE market to include Access to HE, regulated qualifications, Functional Skills and apprentice end point assessments.

View FE Week article

As two organisations that have successfully worked together for over twenty years, and with a common vision and values aimed at creating opportunities for all, enabling social mobility and promoting adult learning, this is a very natural step to take. This move will benefit Learners, Training Providers and FE Colleges through a much wider and more integrated range of products, including:

  • Regulated Qualifications
  • Performance Points Qualifications
  • Access to HE Diplomas
  • End-Point Assessment for Apprenticeship Standards
  • Non-regulated learning programmes
  • Other Advice and Services

Existing Learners and Recognised Centres will experience no significant operational change as things carry on as usual, with the same high levels of customer service and support. As the regulator for the Access to HE Diploma, QAA have approved and support the planned arrangements which will see One Awards continue to operate as the Access Validation Agency within the Group. As things progress, Centres will be able to discuss how they can benefit from the Group’s wider offer.

This follows on from last year’s acquisition of Cskills Awards by NOCN which made NOCN Group a competitive provider of Construction qualifications. By taking on One Awards, NOCN Group now gains new opportunities in the Access to HE market, all of which is in addition to NOCN’s existing portfolio of products and services, including as the number one provider of apprentice EPA.

Graham Hasting-Evans, NOCN Group MD said:

“I warmly welcome our new colleagues from One Awards into the NOCN Group Family. This is a natural development and I am very excited by this agreement which we’ve been working on for some time. This is a good strategic fit for both NOCN and One Awards because we share similar values and history through the old Open College Networks. NOCN Group is now a progressive educational organisation with a focus on future skills and productivity and we are all committed to Equality and Diversity and to helping people achieve their potential through our education. As we’ve shown through Cskills Awards, NOCN is able to take on new organisations and to successfully integrate their products and services, retaining customers and building market share to the wider benefit of employers, learners, and FE providers.”

Fabienne Bailey, newly appointed One Awards MD said:

“It is an exciting time for me to be joining the One Awards team as we progress the move into the NOCN Group. One Awards have a well-established relationship with NOCN that we are looking forward to developing further to give greater benefits and choice to our Centres and their learners. One Awards will continue to operate as a high performance AVA within the group structure and will continue to lead on the development of non-regulated provision to extend curriculum and enrichment programmes for Centres across the UK. All members of the NOCN group will benefit from each other’s strengths and expertise in further and higher education. I am delighted to be working so positively with Graham and the Boards of both organisations to achieve our official joining of the group on 1 August 2018.”

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