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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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 Apprenticeship Frameworks were withdrawn to new starts in England on 31 July 2020.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.