NEOCNNorth East Open College Network
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NEOCN is part of one of the country's largest awarding bodies, the National Open College Network (NOCN), which registers over 600,000 learners a year.
Newcastle-based NEOCN has linked closely with workforce training providers.
Quadrant training Solutions, whose managing director, Carol Barwick, a former Barclays North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, has created an `Opportunities Unlimited' programme accredited by NEOCN and enhancing personal development, communication and number work.
NEOCN has collaborated with Into Work North Tyneside on taster programmes in office and social services jobs.
The North Shields Fish Filleting School uses NEOCN accreditation in training young people in the art of fish filleting.
Paula, a former nurse, joined NEOCN from Independent Advocacy in North Tyneside, and has previously worked as a tutor and development worker with Women's Health in South Tyneside and the Workers' Educational Association.
The basis for consultation is a discussion paper entitled Shaping Our Future which looks at likely trends and the kind of services NEOCN should provide.
David Knight, NEOCN chairman, said: "Open college networks are now central to the Government's emerging skills strategy and we're keen to ensure the region benefits from the services of the North East OCN.
All the NEOCN Regional Awards help to prepare people for further training, employment or voluntary activity.
Further information can be obtained from NEOCN on 0191 224 3434 or via neocn@neocn.
To receive this accreditation from NEOCN is the icing on the cake for us.
Nigel Todd, chief executive of the North East Open College Network, said: "The main role of NEOCN is to value the achievements of adult learners by attaching external, quality-assured accreditation to learning programmes.