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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Removal of the Validator Role

With effect from 1 August 2019 validators have ceased to be a requirement of the CPCS scheme.

We have taken this decision for a number of reasons, mostly because it will help us to reduce the number of renewal applications that are rejected due to incorrect paperwork where all other renewal requirements have been met. This will allow us to get cards out to the right people, quicker.

Our renewal process is robust and all renewal applications are processed by our Customer Operations team to ensure that CPCS scheme requirements are met. We also randomly select logbooks to be audited at this point unless an onsite assessment has been completed. After careful consideration we are satisfied that the removal of the role of the validator will not have an impact on the standards of the CPCS scheme.

Our website and application form will be updated to show this new change shortly, in the meantime please continue to fill in the F1/3 and leave the validator section blank.

We would like to thank validators for their work with us over the years and support of the scheme.