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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.

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 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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Centre Update 187

March 2021

Dear Test Centre,

As you will be aware in September 2020 CITB changed the VQ plant grant scheme to 1 x plant VQ grant in a lifetime and also removed the “£300 additional VQ unit grant”

On behalf of industry and the CPCS Management Committee we wrote to CITB, raising the concerns of industry.

We are pleased to advise you that CITB have reinstated grants as outlined here.

We have asked CITB to prepare a Communication Pack so that we can make employers aware of the changes and how they claim the grants in the future, as soon as we have this information we will post on our social media pages and include in the next update so that you can share with employers.

We will also let you know if CITB reinstate the additional unit grant through the CWA process or any alternative.

Please follow us on our new CPCS social media channels.


Kind Regards,