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Instructus Office Closure on Friday 27th September

27th September 2019

The Instructus office is closed today for a staff event. Phone calls and emails will not be answered today. It will be re-opening as normal on Monday 30th September at 9am and they will respond to your queries then.

SASE Higher Apprenticeships – Impact of Change in Funding Rules

10th July 2019

Changes in the Apprenticeship funding rules for 2018/19 impacts existing SASE Higher Apprenticeship frameworks in that it states that those undertaking a Level 3 or Higher Apprenticeship are required to hold, or achieve as part of their Apprenticeship, a Level 2 qualification in both English and Maths. Furthermore, the funding rules state that, to attract government funding, at least 20% of the Apprentice’s paid hours, over the planned duration of the Apprenticeship training period, must be spent on off-the-job training.

All training providers are aware of this change as it came into effect on the 1st August 2018. However SASE regulations were not updated at the same time and therefore do not require those on a Higher Apprenticeship to achieve Level 2 English and Maths as mandatory requirements or to undertake 20% of off-the-job training.

DfE, have confirmed that, given the transition to Apprenticeship Standards, there are no plans to revise and reissue SASE to reflect these changes but that Training Providers will be expected to comply with funding rules when accessing public funding for the provision of their Apprenticeship delivery, and maybe audited

They do accept that for those Apprentices who are currently in learning and/or due to complete their Apprenticeship, and have not met these requirements, it would not be fair for them to be denied their Apprenticeship certificate.

Therefore for any Apprentices starting a Higher Apprenticeship on or after 01/08/2019, there will be the requirement for them to have achieved Level 2 English and Maths and fulfil the 20% off the job training requirement to align certification with funding rules

For the purposes of certification, for Higher Apprenticeship learners starting after 01/08/2019, Certification Bodies will review each claim against the requirements of the current framework document and, in addition, evidence of English and Maths achievement will be required to be submitted.

So from 01/08/2019, all current SASE Higher Apprenticeship framework documents will display a banner message, on the front cover, to remind Employers/Providers that the achievement of Level 2 English and Maths and the completion of 20% off the job training are conditions of funding and that the ACE claim will require the relevant achievement evidence to be uploaded.

If you have any questions relating to this then please contact the ACE support team via or by calling 0300 303 4444.

Apprenticeship Certification Checklist.

8th July 2019

In an effort to improve the service we provide we have revised and updated the Apprenticeship Certification Checklist on how to make a successful ACE claim.

If you have any questions relating to this then please contact the ACE support team via or by calling 0300 303 4444.

ACE360: Free webinar information sessions for Training Providers

3rd July 2019

ACE360 Apprenticeship Management

The Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards is delighted to announce that we are hosting a series of webinar information sessions on the ACE360 Apprenticeship Management System.


Our next information sessions for training providers take place on the following dates:


8th July 2019: 13:30pm Sign up here


25th July 2019 10:00am Sign up here


6th August 2019 10:00am Sign up here


20th August 2019 10:00am Sign up here


ACE360 is an industry-wide Apprenticeship management system that enables you to manage Apprenticeship Standards efficiently, securely, and paper free. You can find out more about ACE360’s benefits to training providers here


Acceptable Evidence 6th December update

6th December 2018

In September 2018, we updated the latest version of the Acceptable Evidence Guidance for ACE. Since then we have made the following change:

We have added a new page for UK NARIC which is in line with the latest SASE changes.

If you have any questions relating to this issue then please contact the ACE support team via or by calling 0300 303 4444.

The Tech Partnership

14th June 2018

The Tech Partnership will be closing in September 2018 and Instructus will be taking over these apprenticeship certification responsibilities.


For further information please see the following –


If you have any questions relating to this issue then please contact the ACE support team via or by calling 0300 303 4444.

Apprentice Consent Form

17th May 2018

We have revised the ACE Consent Form to include a link to our updated Data Use and Management Policy

When possible we would recommend that this version of the Consent Form is used to ensure that consent is given in line with the most up to date legislation and that your apprentice’s data stays as accurate and secure as possible.

If you have any related queries please let us know at


14th May 2018

With GDPR legislation coming into effect from 25th May onwards we have updated our Terms and Conditions and our Data Use and Management Policy to be ahead of the changes in law, however our attitude to your data and it’s security has not changed.

  • We will protect your data securely and it will only be used by us for the service we provide.
  • We will not sell or give it to a third party for them to use.
  • You can ask to have a look at the information we hold and if there is a mistake we will correct it.
  • You can ask for your data to be erased and you can ask for it not to be used for research.
  • You can read our data use and data management policy by clicking here to see the full details

We keep your personal information private and safe – and put you in control.

If you would like further information please let us know at

ACE transition to ACE360 – From Frameworks to Standards

24th April 2018

ACE brought you the Framework for Apprenticeships, ACE360 brings you the new Standards for Apprenticeships.


Our ACE360 website explains how ACE360 will benefit your organisation as we transition to Apprenticeship Standards.


Over the coming months we are also hosting a series of events to discuss the transition from ACE to ACE360 and provide you with in depth information about ACE360.


If you would like to book a place at one of our events please follow the links below:

York – 2nd May

Nottingham – 6th June

Manchester – 3rd July

London Morning Session – 4th July

London Afternoon Session – 4th July