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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Tim Brownbridge

Job Cards Trustee

Tim Brownbridge

Job Cards Trustee

Tim is Academy Manager in BAM Nuttall Ltd, the UK’s biggest specialist Civil Engineering Contractor, his responsibilities include managing, developing and delivering training, competence recognition and qualifications programmes to all who work for the company.

He is a lifelong member of the construction industry, initially spending 8 years as a plant operator. He then spent 15 years in site supervision and management on major building and civil engineering projects before moving into training and qualifications in 2002. Tim has contributed to the development of industry standards through National Working Groups, Card Schemes and forums as a representative of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association.

In 2011 Tim qualified as an Engineering Technician and in 2013 becoming a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers recognised his contribution to both industry and the profession. He is currently Chair of the employer development group for the Groundworker Apprenticeship and Vice Chair of the CPCS Management Committee.