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 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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Why choose NOCN?

NOCN works in partnership with employers and training providers to deliver high quality End Point Assessments.

Our Apprenticeship team are on hand to provide support from beginning to end to ensure the apprentice, employer and training provider are aware of their responsibilities. We also run face-to-face workshops and training sessions to share best practice advice and guidance for the End Point Assessment process.

Our team of qualified independent End Point Assessors have practical and occupational competence for each Apprenticeship route we deliver. They receive ongoing training and support to ensure a quality-first End Point Assessment for each Apprenticeship standard.

When you choose NOCN you get;

  • An allocated EPA Manager as a dedicated point of contact
  • Face to face and remote overview sessions on EPA requirements and process
  • Access to guidance and support materials
  • Access to mock assessment materials
  • Remote assessment technology
  • Robust quality assurance process
  • 5 working day turn-around of results
  • Feedback provided on unsuccessful assessment attempts