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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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Smart Trends International Signs Strategic Partnership with NOCN

Smart Trends International, specialising in business transformation and human capital solutions today signed a strategic partnership with NOCN that was officiated by Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman Minister of Youth and Sport, Malaysia.

Also present at the signing ceremony was David Thomas, Deputy British High Commissioner to Malaysia and Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director of NOCN.

Smart Trends International is a member of EB HOLDINGS, an investment holding entity founded by Dato Dr Emmanuel Benson, Chairman and Group CEO and as a consulting strives to synergize organizational strategies with human capital to transform companies and organizations into realizing enhanced performance and shareholder value.

NOCN is a UK based, market-leading international Awarding Organisation (AO) and Government-approved End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) that has been creating opportunities for 30 years. As a progressive educational charity with a social rather than commercial focus, NOCN is at the forefront of vocational skills development and apprenticeships, including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in the UK.

NOCN is one of the leading independent EPAO (End Point Assessment Organisation) in England for reformed apprenticeships (Trailblazers) with the most Government approvals to deliver apprentice End Point Assessments (EPA) in a range of key sectors, including Finance, Science, Engineering, and Construction.

NOCN is the only awarding body in the UK which specialises in productivity and focused on increasing the UK's competitiveness globally and is the second largest awarding organisation in the UK construction sector.

Dato Dr Emmanuel Benson, Chairman and Group CEO of Smart Trends International said “We are indeed honoured to be signing this strategic Partnership with the NOCN Group, with a primary objective to partner with relevant Malaysian stakeholders to assist in the upskilling and re-skilling of the Malaysian workforce, with a focus on our youth to vocational skills development and opportunities and increased productivity.”

“This is part of our on-going strategy in forging private-public sector partnerships that will assist the country in upgrading the skill set of Malaysian workers as dictated by industry requirements” he added

“NOCN, as an international education and skills charity, is delighted to be able to partner in Malaysia with Smart Trends International. This partnership will bring together leading skills development organisations from both Malaysia and the UK to support the Malaysian Government’s ambitions to improve skills across a number of sectors in apprenticeships, productivity improvement, technical and vocational education, employability and independent living as well as English“, Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director, NOCN

Smart Trends International in collaboration with NOCN will embark on a series of fact-finding missions with key stakeholders, from government agencies to key industry players and map out strategies and actionable plans with clear cut outcomes.

For further information on NOCN International partnerships please contact Stephen Ram-Kissun, Head of International Business Development & Marketing on +44 7722 156 343 or email