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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Alison Lamplough


Alison Lamplough


Alison is Head of Operational Training for Laing O’Rourke, one of the largest construction companies in the UK.

She is an experienced learning and development manager with responsibility for the strategy and delivery of all site based training for the Laing O’Rourke (LOR) European Hub. This includes the management of third party suppliers to ensure delivery of excellent service and value to the business, as well as developing new industry qualifications including apprenticeships. Supporting this activity includes the responsibility for generating and accessing funding. Her previous training management roles have been with the Institution of Wastes Management and Eastern Group plc in the power sector.

As well as her demanding role with LOR Alison also chairs the various employers’ trailblazer groups for the construction sector and works closely with the other employers and well as Government on this important reform of apprenticeships.