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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Save our apprenticeships launch

NOCN was at the inaugural event for the FE Week ‘Save Our Apprenticeships’ campaign at Parliament on 14 September.

The room was full to bursting with people from industry, employers, awarding organisations, colleges, training providers and representative organisations including AELP and the Learning and Work Institute.

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You can read the FE Week article on the event here.

The panel was hosted by Nick Linford of FE Week and LSECT with MPs on either side, including David Lammy MP, Gordon Marsden (Shadow Skills), Robert Halfon (Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships), later joined by various MPs including Catherine McKinnel and Neil Carmichael, the Chair of the Education Select Committee.

The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the negative impact of the Government’s proposed cuts to apprenticeship funding for the poorest in society, an issue that has united all parts of the FE and skills sector.

The new Minister Robert Halfon shook everybody’s hand as they arrived and he came across as passionate for social justice, committed to improving equality and social mobility and as someone who is both capable and knowledgeable.

The debate was heated and the arguments were strong, Mr Halfon defended the Government’s position in the face of a hostile audience, but his earnestness shone through as he said he would not have taken the role if he didn’t think it could deliver social justice and improve people’s lives.

There was a distinct impression that the proposed cuts came as a shock to him as they did to us and that someone had proposed the cuts without working through the implications or bringing this to the attention of Ministers.

The shadow minister challenged the Government’s policy and sought to hold it to account and to his credit Mr Halfon said he would look into the concerns raised and evidence presented by FE Week.

Save our Apprenticeships! is set to roll on as FE Week pushes for the cuts to be shelved. It has also been campaigning at the Labour Party Conference and will no doubt keep the heat up on the Government until it addresses our concerns and shows real support for the most disadvantaged people in society.

NOCN is committed to creating opportunities for all, it is central to our Valuing All EDI policy and charitable mission and this is why we support the FE Week campaign.