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 5).

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 5).

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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Employability and Life Skills

Employability, Life Skills and Functional Skills

Employability Skills from NOCN 

NOCN is an organisation dedicated to creating opportunities through learning. It works internationally and is one of the largest awarding organisations in the UK, providing a wide range of accredited qualifications, apprenticeships and end point assessments.

A number of accredited qualifications and units are available to support people entering into employment in order to help them become more employable and productive. The valuable transferable skills which can be gained mean that these qualifications are applicable for people entering all industries and sectors.

Features and content:

Employability skills
English and general language skills
Mathematics
ICT for users
Communications and media
Financial literacy
Pre-apprenticeships
Apprenticeship frameworks components
Business management
Step-UP and progression skills
Functional Skills/Skills for Life
Training and coaching skills
Supporting people with learning disabilities
Occupational Health & Safety
Personal development
Trade Unions

NOCN works with a range of organisations to ensure its employability qualificiations are of the highest quality to meet the needs of people at the early stages of their careers or at key transition points in later life. These organisations include: Trade Unions, the WEA, L&WI, Sector Skills Councils and Standard Setting Bodies.

See our Employability leaflet in the download below for more information. 

ESOL Skills for Life

The NOCN Suite of ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are designed to provide UK learners, colleges and learning providers with the knowledge and skills required to improve lives and enhance career prospects. The qualifications are used to effectively improve communication, reading, writing and speaking and listening in everyday life, study or the world of work.

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