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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)
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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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St Luke’s receives £1000 donation from local education charity NOCN Group

Sheffield Hospice St Luke’s has been given a charitable donation of £1000 by city-based educational charity NOCN Group in the run up to Christmas.

NOCN Group is an international not for profit organisation which supplies qualifications, apprentice assessments and other educational services for FE colleges, training providers, employers and organisations in order to create opportunities for learning, employment and better personal wellbeing.

Many NOCN employees have personal experience of St Luke’s, including a colleague who received palliative care whilst living with cancer and in her memory a team of ten recently completed the Night Strider charity walk to successfully raise £1000.

There are many other people at NOCN whose family members were supported by St Luke’s and so for them the connection with the charity is deeply personal.

The amount today donated by NOCN is in addition to the Night Strider donation, so the grand total for St Luke’s from NOCN is £2000.

NOCN Group Managing Director, Graham Hasting-Evans, visited St Luke’s to hand over the cheque for £1000, where he met the staff and receive a guided tour of the hospice’s facilities for which the donation will contribute to keeping services running for local people in need.

Graham said: “It is with great pleasure that I give this cheque today to St Luke’s. This is a very worthy cause which makes a positive impact to the lives of many in Sheffield. I have heard stories from colleagues about the ways St Luke’s has helped them, their friends and families over the years and so this is a cause worth helping.”

St Luke’s Corporate Fundraising Manager Jack Kidder added: “We are delighted that NOCN Group has supported us so enthusiastically.

“It costs just over £1,000 per hour to keep St Luke’s open for all the people of Sheffield so this extremely generous donation really will make an enormous difference to the lives of all our patients and their families.”