Articles from NOCN

New common #EQA Framework: Giving confidence to apprentices, employers and society

Apprenticeship reform The Government embarked on reform of apprenticeships in 2013 with the objective of providing young people and re-skilling adults with an apprenticeship programme for all industry sectors from Level 2 to Level 6 and in some cases beyond.

Higher Technical Education – the Answer to the Missing Middle? #STEM

The nature of work and the type of jobs in the economy have been changing for the last 40 years. And this rate of change is set to increase.


NOCN is now the number one, leading independent Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO) with the highest number of approvals to undertake End Point Assessment (EPA) on Apprenticeship Standards. Working with employers, large and small, in a range of sectors to ensure high quality, valid and robust EPA, NOCN is now approved for 37 standards across 8 of the 15 new Routes/Sectors.   This latest ranking puts NOCN well ahead of main competitors Pearson, City & Guilds and NCFE and the Sheffield based AAO is currently delivering EPA support to a number of high street banks, retailers and other employers large and small, in a wide range of sectors from construction to healthcare.     NOCN’s Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans explains: 

NOCN Group appoints Professor Daniel Khan as Global Director of Productivity programmes

NOCN Group are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Daniel Khan OBE as Global Director of NOCN Productivity Programmes.

Why NOCN is helping the UK navigate the brave new digital world

Few people reading this won’t be aware that the UK’s productivity gap with other developed countries is a longstanding threat to our international competitiveness in highly uncertain, volatile times.

NOCN adapts workplace cut-off saw safety scheme into valuable new qualification

NOCN, one of the UK’s largest construction sector awarding and assessment organisations, has launched a major new safety qualification on the correct handling and operation of cut-off saws that is based on a proven highly effective workplace safety scheme.

NOCN's Graham Hasting-Evans discusses the new reformed apprenticeships and T-Levels

Teaching practical functional English and maths as 'the standard' for all children and young people

Everyone agrees that young people entering the world of work must be literate and numerate. But the arguments continue about the best approach to deliver English and maths to our young people. Both of these subjects are essential for employment. In fact, English and maths in the formal sense through Functional Skills qualifications are included in the Standards for the newly reformed Trailblazer apprenticeships.

Three skills-based solutions to boost UK's productivity

How to address the UK's 'Productivity Challenge' amongst G7 nations.


NOCN has put together ‘10 top tips’ that all levy paying employers should do to ‘make apprenticeships matter’.  

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