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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Third apprentice assessment plan approved for NOCN

NOCN now has three apprentice assessment plans approved by the SFA for the reformed apprenticeships, putting it in the top category of AOs who are new AAOs ready to deliver end point assessments.

The standards for which the organisation can now provide assessments are as follows:

  • Property Maintenance Operative
  • Financial Services Customer Adviser
  • Public Service Operational Delivery Officer


"This is great news, putting NOCN ahead of the curve and ready to support learning providers, colleges, businesses and of course apprentices. The message is clear that apprenticeships work with NOCN - we have 35 apprenticeship frameworks, 49 Trailblazers in development and a more assessment plans in the pipeline on top of the three we've got now."
- said Graham, NOCN, MD.

Becoming an AAO in a third industry is significant for NOCN, which is now approved for construction, finance and the public sector. This demonstrates the organisation's expanding range of expertise and competence and as the FE sector moves more towards reformed apprenticeships and away from traditional vocational qualifications, it demonstrates NOCN's flexibility, responsiveness and ability to stay competitive in a dynamic market.

To speak to NOCN about apprenticeships and assessments, including Trailblazer development and assessment plan consultations, get in touch.