one awards Newsletter - March 2019

One Awards Event - Building Skills for a Productive Society Update including 2019 Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to announce details for our 2019 Update Event: Building Skills for a Productive Society and Annual General Meeting

Date: Friday 24th May 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm (registration from 9.30 am)

Venue: Cathedral Suite, Durham County Cricket Club, Emirates Riverside, Chester le Street, DH3 3QR

The event will focus on current issues affecting education both regionally and nationally from representatives from One Awards, NOCN and Local Stakeholders.  The event also offers networking opportunities with education providers working with One Awards, representatives from NOCN and One Awards and other stakeholders.

To book a place at the event please click here.

NOCN Group retains Investors in People IIP Silver Award

NOCN Group is proud to announce that it has retained the Investors in People (IIP) Silver Award in recognition of its commitment to employee development. The assessment took place in January this year and included online assessment, desk top reviews and employee interviews.

The Group has been growing and diversifying over the last two years; now employing over 150 people in Sheffield, Kings Lynn, Cardiff and Peterlee, with operations expanding overseas. It is a leading Awarding Organisation for vocational qualifications, the number two in construction skills and a market leader for Apprenticeship End Point Assessment as well as undertaking research and consultancy on skills development programmes.

The Group is a not for profit charitable organisation, a Leader in Diversity, and Disability Confident. It holds its ethical outlook as core to its success, with a firm commitment to create opportunities through learning and skills.

  Meeting the Required 20% 'off the job' Activities for Apprentices

Off-the-job training is focused on teaching new skills rather than assessing existing skills and it is the responsibility of both the main provider and the employer to ensure that an apprentice spends a minimum of 20% of their employed time doing off-the-job training.

The off-the-job training must take place during employed time. If training must take place in an evening or outside of contracted hours, it would be expected this to be recognised (for example: through time off in lieu).

To decide whether a training activity constitutes ‘off-the-job’ training, it may be helpful to consider it in comparison to activities undertaken by other staff who are fully occupationally competent.

For more information on this and to download the information sheet available, please click the link below:

Last chance to have your say

Further to the news item in our February newsletter, thank you if you have already completed the Stakeholder Engagement Survey, if you have not yet had chance to complete this, please find below a link to our Stakeholder Engagement Survey:

We greatly value your feedback on our performance and contributions to our strategic direction and would be most grateful if you take a few minutes to complete the survey, so we can take your views into account in future planning. Be as honest as you like and please add comments to give more details where possible.

The survey will be open until 4.30pm Friday 22nd March 2019.

Upcoming Events
Approved Lead Assessor Workshop

One Awards, Peterlee, SR8 2HU

  Lead Internal Verifier Workshop - by invitation only

One Awards, Peterlee, SR8 2HU


1 Palmer Road
South West Industrial Estate
Co Durham SR8 2HU

t. 0191 518 6550
f. 0191 518 6551