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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We need one organisation to run apprenticeships

NOCN strongly supports the Apprenticeship reforms as a way to transform lives and boost productivity, yet the recent IfA Consultation is disappointing because it misses the opportunity to give clarity and direction.

In addition, the division of responsibility for the new system between the SfA and IfA will result in duplication. These are the conclusions of Graham Hasting-Evans, MD of NOCN, in a recent FE Week article, on the shared roles of the SFA and IFA.

We have the opportunity with the new IfA (Institute for Apprenticeships) to do something radical and powerful, to deliver a fundamental change to the skills system, but this potential is being undermined. Graham explains:

“In our view, we need to have in place one organisation which is accountable for implementation, quality assurance and delivery of the most fundamental change to our skills system in a decade – and we need to start putting it in place now. We had hoped that the consultation would set out clearly the government’s vision and plans for the structure of the institute in April 2018 with the roadmap of how it plans to get to that point. Sadly we are very disappointed. So little progress has been made in the eight months since the Enterprise Act was passed. One wonders if anything meaningful will be in place for April 2017?”

You can read the full FE Week article as a PDF below.