NOCN Group

NOCN Group

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  • Education

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The Objectives of the Charity are:

The advancement of the education of the public in one or more of the following ways:

  • by promoting and widening participation in education and training, including for those people who have previously been excluded from educational opportunities;
  • by improving the quality and flexibility of education provision for the benefit, including for those people who have previously been excluded from educational opportunities; and
  • by improving access to learning opportunities and facilitating progression to further learning, employment and higher education, particularly through the award of credits and credit based competency qualifications.


The Charity works to deliver its objectives through its key Group functions as follows: 

  • NOCN Education and Skills policy research - through NOCN's work in contributing to government vocational education and skills policy reviews and other research papers it has delivered in conjunction with partners with the aim of improving the quality of the vocational education system.
  • NOCN Awarding Organisation - through its work in developing and promoting vocational qualifications that meet the needs of employers and help learners progress in employment or learning.
  • Apprenticeship End Point Assessment - through its work in providing a high quality, compliant apprenticeship assessment service to employers employing apprentices.
  • NOCN Job Cards - through its work in assessing the competence of workers to operate construction plant on construction sites and operating the scaffolding card scheme on behalf of CISRS, as well as other competency-based card schemes it may operate in the future.
  • International - through the provision of consultancy to improve apprenticeship systems in other countries as well as the provision of ESOL and other qualifications to countries that are keen to utilise UK qualifications.

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