Case Study

Malaysia: NOCN accredit SSTC and WGG


Malaysia: In October 2020, UK regulated Awarding Organisation, NOCN, established a ASEAN Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur to support research and business development activity in the region.  This was achieved through work with the Malaysian Investment Development Agency MIDA and with support from the British Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia.

The Sabah Skills Technology Centre became an Approved Centre with NOCN in March 2020, and the Wild Geese Group became an Approved Centre in June 2020.

Asia Pacific – Malaysia
Quality Assurance, Train the Trainer/ Capacity Building, Recognition and Certification

NOCN offers a wide range of education, training and skills products and services globally.

NOCN are an outward-looking, international organisation dedicated to promoting skills, improving lives and boosting economies around the globe.

NOCN works closely with governments, government departments and NGOs worldwide, NOCN supports local commercial development and invests in leading enterprises, SMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs/start-ups.

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Technical and Vocational qualifications are not widely recognised or valued in Malaysia; only Academic qualifications are managed nationally in a structured framework.

To secure government financial support, training programmes must have recognition from a third-party organisation.

The training organisation must show evidence that they operate strict policies and procedures regarding the delivery and assessment of the training programmes ensuring standards are met and learning outcomes are consistently marked or assessed.

NOCN offers a range of support to help training centres and education institutes to improve their quality and performance.

NOCN’s accreditation services enabled both SSTC and the Wild Geese Group to develop their training centres and skills programme to meet their specific skills needs.

Specifically NOCN has helped SSTC and Wild Geese Group by

  • Designing specific programmes that meet local skills needs.
  • Developing programmes aligned to funding requirements.
  • Demonstrated third party oversight on quality assurance, assessment, and certification.
  • Included recognition of prior achievement.
  • Mapped the programmes to UK education levels and standards
  • Articulated progression routes to further study at a higher level.

Sabah Skills & Technology Centre SSTC

SSTC worked with NOCN to create a suite of NOCN Endorsed programmes designed to meet the Malaysian National Goals of Malaysia upskilling existing workers and created a skilled work force for the future.

SSTC training team worked closely with NOCN to develop a range of programmes that met the local needs of industry and created a robust, well-structured and assessed training programmes using UK quality standards of ensuring programmes are quality assured.

The NOCN Endorsed programmes include:

  • Event Marketing Management
  • Retail Management
  • Smart Farming
  • Digital Skills for Business

Wild Geese Group WGG

Wild Geese Group is the Oil & Gas industries leading provider for internationally accredited courses and programmes in the Management of Major Emergencies (MOME/MEM) also referred to as Incident Command Systems (ICS).

The industry accredited programmes they offer include: operator, supervisor and manager level. This covers those accountable both on and offsite, including top management and individuals with business continuity capabilities.

Wild Geese Group has also collaborated with NOCN to create the Emergency Response Risk Management (ERRM) pathway from Diploma Level 4 through to Master`s Degree Level.  Through NOCN, this programme is now recognised by a number of UK Universities who offer progression to the learners successfully completing the programme.

This suite of non-regulated qualifications is built to include the contents of several recognised professional qualifications, or to recognise them as prior learning if the learner already holds these qualifications.  This means that workers with many years’ experience and professional qualifications can gain formal recognition in their field when they complete the linking areas of study and assessment.

Wild Geese Group have also developed innovative online delivery programmes in support of learners during the current travel restrictions.  Using live simulated training to replicate the simulated emergency training previously delivered. This involves live role play to a planned scenario with equal numbers of trainers to students taking part in a simulated emergency incident.

To date, Sabah Skills & Technology Centre SSTC have had 72 students complete the initial NOCN Endorsed programme with 300 student achievements expected  from the four NOCN Endorsed programmes that SSTC have.

Wild Geese Group WGG have had 22 students register on the Emergency Response Risk Management (ERRM) NOCN Endorsed programme which is a privately funded open programme.

NOCN’s partnership has enabled:

  • Quality assurance improvements.
  • Remote access to learning and assessment to students.
  • Training programme mapping to internationally (UK) recognised education levels.
  • Raising the profile of vocational education and training and of the training centres
  • Increased employment and progression potential for students.
  • Enabled training providers and students to access government funding programmes.
  • Raised profile of UK Technical and Vocational Education and Training  sector.

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