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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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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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

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