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 nocn@nocn.org.uk 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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CPCS New Card Design

Following the transfer of CPCS from CITB to NOCN Group, we have implemented the first of several improvements planned for the scheme – smart cards. The new smart cards will gradually replace the old CITB issued cards, as these come up for renewal.

The smart cards feature Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, enabling multiple benefits for cardholders and employers. NFC works by tapping the card on any NFC enabled device – most modern mobile phones and tablets – the cardholder’s name, photo, categories/courses and endorsements will automatically appear. NOCN Job Cards are currently working on the next stage of smart cards, where qualifications and NOCN Site Right training will also appear on the card as well as renewal notifications.

The new system provides high security and authentication for employers, it is far more difficult for criminals to interfere with the system, preventing duplication and fraud. NOCN Job Cards can also ‘switch off’ a card remotely if it has been compromised, alerting employers to potential fraud.

In many cases, employers will not need to download an app, as the NFC automatically works on most android devices and iPhone XS, XR, 11 and newer devices. If an app is required it is free to download, reducing expense and improving efficiencies for cardholders and employers.

To help distinguish the difference between the CITB cards, which are still valid until they expire, and the new smart cards, CPCS has updated the card design too, making it clear to employers which cards feature NFC technology. This also brings us in line with the CSCS colour scheme and design. Please note your previous card number from CITB will be updated to a new NOCN Job Cards number.

In summary, the benefits of the new Secure ID Cards are:

  • Increased security - Individuals who have cloned/altered cards cannot pass the digital test of the card being swiped on a reader or smartphone.
  • Compliance/ health and safety - Ensuring the correct person with appropriate competence is carrying out the work.
  • Additional data is available - All the training/qualification data is held in the cloud, making it easier and quicker to prove levels of expertise.
  • Easy to update - New qualifications/ certifications are held in the MyTAG system and displayed when the card is tapped. These can be updated without having to renew the card itself.

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