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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International Endorsed Programmes

NOCN can endorse current or proposed training programmes for employers. The employer designs the course and NOCN’s endorsement confirms the robust quality of the programme.

We help international employers and industrial partnerships to invest in narrowing their ‘skills gap’. Our endorsed programmes help employers and their employees become more productive and efficient - hence increasing profitability as well as achieving sustainable growth.

We offer endorsed programmes in the UK through the Quality Mark brand via One Awards.  Find out more One Awards Quality Mark.

There are two options available depending on the size and type of organisation: 

Endorsed Training Programme

The Endorsed Training Programme is your bespoke training programme that is written and owned by your organisation. This endorsement is confirmation that the programme of learning you offer has undergone a robust quality assurance process which will enable your programme to receive an endorsement from a leading awarding organisation.

Endorsed Employer Programme

The Endorsed Employer Programme is for medium to large employers that have an in-house training programme which they wish to have endorsed. This is similar to the Endorsed Training Programme but it will be clearly branded as an employer programme. A discounting model based on a large number of learners can be discussed directly with us at the outset.


For further information about how NOCN can endorse your training please contact us