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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Construction Qualifications

Supporting the future construction sector by delivering regulated qualifications through the well-recognised and respected Cskills Awards brand.

NOCN not only offer a wide range of construction qualifications via Cskills Awards we also offer, Digital Skills, Management and Leadership Skills, Functional Skills, ESOL and NOCN Essential Awards e.g. Health & Safety or First Aid.

Why choose NOCN Cskills Awards qualifications?

  • We have a broad range of competence (NVQ) and training qualifications available, with alternative routes available for experienced workers and new entrants to the industry.
  • Over 90 NVQs and over 271 pathways of specialisms – more than any other AO
  • NOCN Level 6 and 7 qualifications approved for membership of CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building).
  • 80 Training qualifications for full-time learners.
  • We offer a flexible partnership approach for employers and training providers.
  • Support for specialist and heritage construction skills, which may be lower in demand. We support the following sub-sectors more effectively in the following trades:
    • Bricklaying
    • Civils
    • Formwork
    • Heritage (canals and waterways)
    • Interior fitting
    • Painting and decorating
    • Plant operations
    • Plastering
    • Property maintenance
    • Roofing
    • Steel-fixing
    • Trowel trades
    • Wood occupations