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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Aims and benefits of CPCS

CPCS has a variety of aims from education to qualifications.

CPCS aims to: 

  • provide identification for plant operators and those involved with plant operations by recognising skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications

  • raise health, safety and environment standards through a programme of Health, safety and environment testing to prove workers have met minimum standards

  • provide standards of learning and assessment to equip individuals with relevant skills and knowledge to seek employment within the industry

  • provide or improve employment prospects for individuals and experienced operators

  • keep a record of workers in the construction and allied industries who have achieved a recognised level of operating ability and competence, and to provide a means of identification

  • be self-financing; with any surplus funds being used for the benefit of the construction industry

  • encourage construction and allied employers to use certificated and competent plant operators

  • provide certification for UK workers that could be accepted in Europe through agreements with other European national schemes to mutually recognise qualifications.

Trained Operator Card Competent Operator Card Tester Card