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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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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16-19 Learning and Skills Funding

Learning for 16-19 years olds is funded by the Education and Skills Agency (ESFA) via Sixth Form Colleges, FE Colleges and training providers.

The Government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. This is known as Raising the Participation Age (RPA).  This means young people must continue in education or training until they are 18 via one of the following options:

  • Full-time education, e.g. school, college or learning provider
  • Work-based learning, e.g. an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Part-time education or training e.g. if employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
Find out more about how 16 to 19 funding is allocated to colleges, providers, schools and academies please by viewing the Government Guidance or call our Business Development Team on 0300 999 1177.

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