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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Train the Trainer on Offsite Construction

NOCN_Cskills Awards have teamed up with a number of other organisations to offer free 'Train the Trainer' courses to increase the number of instructors qualified to teach Off-site Construction.

The Construction Industry Training Board is undertaking a £1.2million project to increase the skills capacity in offsite manufacturing and construction which is revolutionising the way houses, schools and hospitals are built. As part of this project, the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Offsite Construction School and NOCN is developing a set of free high-quality training courses and materials to up-skill trainers in both education and industry in offsite manufacturing and construction.

Offsite construction is the manufacture and assembly of construction components ahead of installation on-site. CITB research has shown that offsite or modular construction can increase productivity, and reduce timescales and build costs compared with traditional methods, with nearly half of employers expecting to use offsite techniques within the next five years.

The projects will be pioneering a collaborative approach involving employers, providers, contractors and leading innovation organisations that will bring new, free, innovative training materials and courses to industry.

As part of this project, the MTC is inviting learning providers to attend a one day workshop to learn more about the MTC, the project and to participate in workshops that will guide the direction of the project. Register for the workshop here.

Alternatively, download a copy of the overview slides to find out more about the project.