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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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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Regulated Qualifications: Management & Productivity

NOCN has a variety of products to support people entering management and productivity related professions.

NOCN Group and Institute of Productivity specialise in qualifications and consultation. Our qualifications:

  • help managers to gain skills to increase performance and business competitiveness
  • support and enhance work-based roles, giving learners the opportunity to improve the performance of their teams through productivity improvements from initial identification to evaluation
  • help the workforce gain digital skills
  • help the workforce gain technical knowledge
  • help to improve literacy, numeracy, and soft skills, including employability
  • provide digital productivity learners with recognised qualifications and Microsoft Certification badges
  • provide employers with productive employees with useful Office and related digital skills
  • help local economies grow their digital skilled workforce
  • improve skill levels and generate social mobility for the local workforce
  • enable SME’s to grow and increase exports
  • support capital investment priorities in the local economy
  • supports learners into new employment

Working in partnership with Microsoft Partners

NOCN Group works with Microsoft partners for its digital productivity skills offering. This means that successful learners will receive Microsoft badges as well as an NOCN qualification

Working in partnership with the Institute of Productivity

NOCN Group and the Institute of Productivity (IoP) are strategic partners working together to continuously and sustainably improve productivity, performance and competitiveness. NOCN Group and IoP provide management qualifications and consultation in this region to increase knowledge and professional competency at a global standard.

The IoP works at local, national and international levels to promote productivity via policy formulation, campaigns, initiatives, infrastructure development, education, training, and development. The IoP consults with organisations worldwide to build and deliver on strategies to generate long-term productivity growth, and with it continuous, sustainable, shared value.

Working in partnership with WorldSkills UK

NOCN Group also works with WorldSkills UK to share global skills insights with businesses, education bodies and governments through the UK Productivity Lab – a programme designed to mainstream international skills excellence to help boost productivity and economic competitiveness.