Coronavirus update for customers

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Coronavirus update for customers

Operational Update on NOCN Group Qualifications and Services

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.

You will find out more operational detail on the implications of COVID19 for each of these services, including advice for students and centres preparing for external assessments, through the following links:

Please note that NOCN will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA, 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 (Option 1).

Working to support our valued customers

You will be aware of the various Government and World Health Organisation (WHO) announcements and official advice over COVID19.
The situation is unprecedented and has been continually changing. With colleges and schools now closed and the country in effect ‘locked down’, other than essential services, we will endeavour to continue to support you, your apprentices, learners and card applicants through this difficult period.

We support Ofqual’s statement that the most important principle is fairness to all learners and apprentices, not only for those being assessed now, but also for those assessed before COVID-19.

Centre Support

All our staff are working from home, so we are still offering front line support, through telephony, email and web chat as usual.
Certificates for regulated qualifications and cards are being issued to centres in the normal way.
We aim to provide as full a range of our services as possible, where these can be delivered remotely, and we can use remote or recorded assessment methods, whilst maintaining the integrity of the assessment.
All face-to-face appointments for approval visits, External Quality Assurers, and external assessments have been suspended until training centres reopen and normal business resumes.
We are providing digital on-line support, including offering WebEx interviews, developing online invigilated exams in place of physical papers, and digital content support.

Please contact us to discuss how best we can support you on or 0300 999 1177 (Option 1).

Best wishes from all at NOCN to you our valued customers. We hope you all remain safe and well.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director

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Agriculture, Horticulture and Environmental

NOCN has a variety of products to support people entering agriculture, horticulture and environmental professions.

NOCN Group offers regulated qualifications, Access to HE, SiteRight – assured short courses, and CPCS cards for the agriculture, horticulture and environmental sector. Find out more information about specific products below.

Agriculture, horticulture and environmental qualifications support learners new to the sector by providing knowledge of health and safety, the production of plants, the use of tools and the skills demanded by the industry.

An Access to Higher Education Land Based studies course is a one-year course to prepare adult learners who want to study at degree level, but do not currently have the qualifications to apply.  This course is specifically designed to give learners the foundation skills and knowledge, with a strong science focus, for studying a land-based degree.

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) part of NOCN Job Cards is the leading skills certification scheme for plant within the UK.  It provides proof that individuals have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out and CPCS cards can be used for agricultural works.  

In 2019, NOCN began to develop a range of assured short course for the UK construction industry.  However, many of these course offer skills and knowledge required by the Agriculture, Horticulture and Environmental industry, for example, Vehicle Marshalling or Working at Heigh and Using a harness. 

NOCN Group provides skills and education consultancy and research advice across multiple sectors including the agriculture, horticulture and environmental industry in the UK and internationally for employers, professional bodies and governments.