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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Funding

Apprenticeship Standard funding is dependant on whether an employer pays into the apprenticeship levy or not.

Large UK Employers with a pay bill of £3 million or more, pay an apprenticeship levy.

SMEs with a pay bill under £3million contribute 10% of the total apprenticeship cost and the Government pays the remaining 90%.

The Government will fund 100% of the cost of apprenticeship training for a 16-18 year old for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

NOCN Fees

As a leading non-profit organisation we ensure that our charges are below the maximum 20% of the total apprenticeship.

When you contract us for your end point assessment you will pay a small fee upfront to secure support materials and assessment booking. The remaining balance is charged upon Gateway entry and end point assessment booking.

If you would like further information about our end point assessment fees and services please contact 0300 999 1177 or email nocn@nocn.org.uk.


Funding rules and eligibility

For further information on the latest funding rules for employers, employer-providers and main providers please visit the government website.


*The information on this page is for England only, if you have questions about apprenticeship funding in Scotland Wales or Northern Ireland please contact our Business Development Team.