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:

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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Traineeships

NOCN offer a range of Traineeship products to help young people to kickstart their career.

What is a Traineeship?

Traineeships are a short programme with a minimum duration of six weeks and a maximum duration of six months. The provider works with the employer and learner to flex the programme according to the needs of the learner.

In response to economic challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic the government introduced the Kickstart Scheme to fund the direct creation of high quality jobs for young people at the highest risk of long-term unemployment. 

How does the Kickstart Scheme work?

Under the Kickstart Scheme, a £2 billion fund has been made available to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. More information can be found here

Who are Traineeships for?

Traineeships are designed to help young people who are:

  • Eligible to work in England
  • not currently in a job and have little work experience, but are focused on gaining employment
  • aged 16 to 19-years old and forms part of the study programme provision
  • aged 16 to 24-years old and qualified below Level 3

How do NOCN support Traineeships?

Designed with people in mind, our qualifications offer a step-by-step, unit-by-unit route into learning and skills that help to increase learners’ confidence and employability and make sure that the qualifications fit with today’s industry needs. You can view our Traineeship packages below. 

NOCN Traineeships Builder

Contact our Business Development Team to find out more.

Call: 0300 999 1177
Email: business-enquiries@nocn.org.uk

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