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.

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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HS&E Tests During Lockdown (5th November)

Following the announcement from the Government and the four-week lockdown from the 5th November, we can confirm that Pearson Professional Centres across England will remain open for CITB Health, Safety and Environment assessments and CPCS Renewal Testing.

However, availability at centres may be affected as the social distancing space within centres will increase, limiting total capacity

Please check your test confirmation email/letter for details of specific safety measures at your test centre including the requirement to wear face coverings or for any changes to your scheduled appointment.

If you have a scheduled appointment at an ITC, please check with the centre that your appointment is going ahead as planned.

Visit CITB’s urgent messages page for further information on test centre availability across the whole of the UK.