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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Skills and Employability Summit: NOCN set to launch ‘Close the Gap’ report with City & Guilds

NOCN is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Skills and Employability Summit taking place in London on 26 September 2019.

The Summit will bring together solution-orientated experts to explore the importance of consistent, high quality careers guidance and skills training in nurturing the next generation of workers. Delegates including HR Directors, L&D Managers and Principals, will get expert insights throughout the day on how to successfully navigate the changing world of work, with in-depth debates and advice.

The government’s priorities covering crucial issues such as the prospects of apprenticeship reform, the implementation of T-levels, the burgeoning digital skills gap, social mobility and routes for in-work progression, and life- long learning, will all be discussed.
As well as sponsoring the event, NOCN Group’s Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans will be joining other speakers including Sir Gerry Berragan, CEO Institute for Apprenticeships and Mark Dawe, CEO Association of Employment and Learning Providers in the high profile line-up.

As part of his workshop, Graham will be launching a new report published in partnership with City & Guilds titled ‘Close the Gap’. The report provides a roadmap for UK Technical & Skills Education to 2024 and beyond, ensuring that the risk in the ‘missing middle’ of skilled workers is mitigated by putting in place robust policies and practices. The report authored by Graham Hasting -Evans, in partnership with Patrick Craven, Policy Director at City & Guilds explores the scale of the UK’s current ‘gap’ and offers some proposals on how a fully integrated TVET system might drive improvements in the performance of the country.

Graham says: “As a progressive educational charity with a social rather than just commercial purpose, NOCN is focused on productivity and social mobility with our work in these areas being realised across the world. I’m looking forward to sharing insights covered in our Close the Gap report with HR professionals at the Skills and Employability Summit, with it being the first report of its kind launched in partnership with City & Guilds that provides a route through for Technical and Skills Education that supports a workforce that is fit for the future.”

Co-author, City & Guilds Policy Director, Patrick Craven, added: “UK plc must ‘Close the Gap’ urgently to lessen the dangers of changing economic and workforce profile demands. To do so, we need to raise the skill levels of around three to four million in the current UK workforce, as well as increase and better align the skills and aspirations of all young people emerging from our schools system. Never has it been more important to be clear about the intended outcomes of TVET reform and judge providers and suppliers by the impact and contributions they make to this common aim. The report highlights well the beneficial and social purpose of vocational awarding organisations and how aligned we are in developing clear, flexible and equitable development pathways for all learners. This makes accessible education, learning and training for everyone absolutely paramount – and an all-embracing TVET system will ensure this is delivered, for the economic stability and sustainable, inclusive growth that must follow.”

For more information about the Skills and Employability Summit 2019 and to book your place, visit the website here