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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Consultancy & Research

NOCN provides consultancy and research advice in the UK and Internationally for employers, professional bodies and governments.

Our areas of specialism include Productivity Management, Big Skills Development, and Education Policy Development, including TVET (Technical & Vocational Education & Training).

These consultation services include:

  • Design of qualification frameworks
  • Assessments and testing
  • Certifications
  • Quality assurance
  • Internal and external verification
  • Employer training programme development and endorsement
  • Online learning and assessment tools
  • Set up and operation of Sector Skills Council Services
  • Set and operation of profitable training centres and educational institutes
  • Management of training centres’ capabilities and quality
  • Training programmes for the workplace
  • Training Trainers and Assessors
  • Diagnostic reviews of skills gaps and training needs
  • Pilot programmes delivery
  • Feasibility Reports to raise the standards of training centres
  • Research on skills policies and systems

NOCN works closely with the educational institutes, employers, employer organisations and Sector Skills Councils. For more information call 0300 999 1177 or email for more information.

Below you will find links to our latest research reports.