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 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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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 BPEC Plumbing and heating qualifications, 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.
  • Approved NOCN Centres can now use BPEC plumbing and Heating Qualifications. The NOCN-BPEC partnership now provides the widest range of qualifications available from any Awarding Organisation.
  • 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