Coronavirus update/alternative arrangements for 2020/21

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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:

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.

Update 29th March 2021

On 24th March, Ofqual published the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) which allows NOCN to provide centres with awarding arrangements for learners who have had their training and assessment disrupted in 2021. To view more information on the arrangements in place by NOCN, please click here.

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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Apprenticeships

NOCN offer a range of products to support Apprenticeship delivery, from regulated qualifications to support on programme delivery to End Point Assessment.

In recent years we have seen a transformation in Apprenticeships with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and the move from frameworks to employer-led standards. Apprenticeship Frameworks were withdrawn to new starts in England on 31 July 2020.

NOCN has been at the forefront of Apprenticeship delivery throughout this period. We have worked with training providers, employers and Trailblazer groups to help develop and deliver robust programmes which will create the skilled workforce of the future. 

End Point Assessment

At the end of an apprenticeship, apprentices must undertake an independent end-point assessment (EPA) to to confirm that they have achieved the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to do the job they have been training for. 

We work in partnership with employers and training providers to provide a flexible, responsive and supporting End Point Assessment service to ensure apprentices meet the required standards. Find out more below. 

Supporting Qualifications

We offer a range of Ofqual regulated qualifications and units developed by industry experts to support the on-programme delivery of Apprenticeships. Search our qualifications below.