Monthly Archives: March 2014

ACE 2.0 Update will be live tomorrow!

31st March 2014

As you know the ACE system is down today to enable the ACE 2.0 upgrade work to be undertaken.


The new ACE will available from 9am tomorrow, Tuesday 1 April. To learn more about ACE 2.0 please visit our Knowledge Base and read through our handy topics;


Getting Started






Bulk Upload


Super Centres


You can also download the User Guide here.


If you have any questions the ACE Support Team will be on hand tomorrow at or

on 0844 573 2560.



New bank details for ACE credits

20th March 2014


Please note the Federation have a new bank account. If you pay for your ACE credits by BACS please update your records with the following bank account details;


Account Name: Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards
Sort Code: 20-92-60
Account Number: 33272826
Bank: Barclays Bank Plc
Acorn House
36-38 Park Royal Road


NW10 7JA


Our new bank details can be downloaded here New FISSS Bank Details.


Apologies the ACE Central Payment System will still display the old bank details until the system is updated on 1st April 2014.


If you have any questions please let us know.


Kind regards,

The CPS Support Team



ACE System Unavailable on Monday 31 March 2014

18th March 2014

The ACE system will be unavailable for use from 9am on 31 March until 9am on Tuesday 1 April to enable ACE 2.0 upgrade work to be undertaken.
Further information on this upgrade to ACE 2.0 and Super Centres can be found here.
If you have not yet registered for a Super Centre please register now here. On 1 April if you do not have a Super Centre account you will not be able to log into ACE.


If you have any questions please contact the ACE support team.

Update from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills

5th March 2014


The Department for Business Innovation & Skills recently released the below update on the future of Apprenticeships in England;


Dear colleague,


Apprenticeships are at the heart of the Government’s drive to give people of all ages the skills employers need to grow and compete. They already deliver strong returns for the economy, for employers and for apprentices. We want to go further by reforming Apprenticeships to put employers in the driving seat, making them more rigorous and more responsive.


Today we have published the first eleven new Apprenticeship standards developed by our Trailblazers. These clear and concise documents, written by employers in language they understand, will be the blueprint for world class Apprenticeships in these occupations. The new standards are available here.


The momentum of our reforms is growing. Following huge interest from employers who want to lead development of standards in their sector, we have announced today a second phase of Trailblazers in 29 more industries. You can find a full list, together with lessons learned and tools from the first phase in our updated Trailblazer Guidance.



We at the Federation are very excited to see the new standards and will keep you up-to-date with all future developments.