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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End Point Assessors

Here are some frequently asked questions about the role of an End Point Assessor at NOCN.

Q.What is End Point Assessment?

All apprentices must take an independent assessment at the end of their training to confirm that they have achieved occupational competence.
NOCN provides rigorous, robust and independent end-point assessment (EPA), which is essential to give employers confidence that apprentices completing an apprenticeship standard can actually perform in the occupation they have been trained in.

Q.What does the role involve?

End Point Assessment can take a wide range of forms – it can include assessment methods such as an observation in the workplace, practical and written tests and interviews.

As an End Point Assessor, you must be independent and as you will make the final grading decisions, subject to moderation by NOCN.
As an End Point Assessor, you must not be connected to the apprentice, or have been involved in the management or training of that apprentice, this is managed via our conflict of interest policy.

As an independent End Point Assessor, you will be expected to deliver a clear, impartial result based on how the apprentice demonstrates competency in their role.

The roll is appointment style, variable contract, which allows our End Point Assessors to decide how much or how little they wish to work. It’s flexible many of our assessors are EPAs alongside their full-time roles or act as an End Point Assessor for a number of EPAs.

Q.What do you gain from the role?

End Point Assessment is a great way to give back to your industry, high quality, professional judgments of competence are what underpin End Point Assessment. As an End Point Assessor, you will receive remuneration for your time and assessments you carry out, along with reasonable expenses and costs.

Being an End Point Assessor is a fulfilling role, which offers continuous professional development alongside interaction with leading employers and apprentices. NOCN works with some of the world's largest companies, employers and brands.

Q.Why do NOCN need technical experts?

Our EPA offer is diverse and varied, with NOCN operating in over 60 different apprenticeship standards, in approximate 120 different industries. This requires a technically diverse workforce, which has sufficient geographical coverage. We also need to take into account that many of our apprentices are within specialist industry and we need to ensure that we provide assessments which review the latest techniques and processes.

Q.Role overview

End Point Assessors are required to evidence knowledge, skills and behaviours of an apprentice at the end of their Apprenticeship. Many assessors will be from the Further Education sector, but a significant proportion will come from industry.