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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Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing

We offer a range of qualifications and apprenticeships to support employees and learners as they develop their skills in the vital STEM sectors: science, technology, engineering, manufacturing.

STEM sector skills enable learners to boost critical thinking, creativity, cultural awareness, collaboration and problem-solving.

Why choose NOCN Group?

With 30 years’ experience 'creating opportunities', we work collaboratively with a number of STEM industry organisations, such as the Pump Manufacturing Association, GQA, Laing O'Rourke and EDF Energy, to increase productivity and improve workforce skills.

We offer a wide range of STEM sector qualifications, including Civil Engineering Qualification from Entry Level to Level 6.

As one of the largest providers of STEM sector End Point Assessments and we work in partnership with STEM employers and training providers to support the whole apprentice journey, ensuring successful completion.

The One Awards Access to HE Diploma is available across science, technology, engineering and manufacturing disciplines, and prepares people without the necessary qualifications for study at university.

NOCN Group provides skills and education consultancy and research advice across multiple sectors including the science, technology, engineering and manufacturing sectors in the UK and internationally for employers, professional bodies and governments.