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.

Managing EPA online with ACE360: training provider info sessions

26th September 2019

ACE360 apprentice records

 

Are you a training provider who has been delivering frameworks and is now moving to deliver standards? Our ACE360 Apprenticeship Management System has been developed for the management of Apprentices who are working their way through Standards and will go through the EPA process. ACE360 connects training providers and EPAOs in a simple and cost effective manner.

 

Join one of our free information webinars to see how the system works, how you can upload apprentice records, connect to your EPAOs, upload evidence and complete gateway declarations, all the way through to requesting resits.

Online webinar session dates

30th September 13:30pm Sign up here

 

23rd October 2019 10:00am Sign up here

 

5th November 10:00am Sign up here

 

21st November 14:00pm Sign up here

 

2nd December 10:00am Sign up here

 

You can find out more about ACE360’s benefits to training providers here

 

 

Delivering Standards? Free ACE360 session for training providers

16th August 2019

ACE360 Information sessions

 

With Apprenticeship starts on Standards steadily increasing, they now account for 62% per cent of total apprenticeship starts in England.

 

ACE360 is an industry-wide Apprenticeship Management System that enables you to manage Apprenticeship Standards through to End Point Assessment collaboratively, efficiently and securely.

 

The Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards will be hosting the next in our series of information sessions for training providers, to familiarise them with the system and demonstrate how easy it is to create Apprentice records, link with EPAOs and upload evidence for EPAs  will take place on the following dates in August and September:

 

20th August 2019 10:00am Sign up here

 

2nd September 15:00pm Sign up here

 

19th September 10:00am Sign up here

 

30th September 13:30pm Sign up here

 

You can find out more about ACE360’s benefits to training providers here

 

 

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 ace.helpdesk@fisss.org 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 ace.helpdesk@fisss.org 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

 

ACE To ACE360: Free webinar information session, 26th June 2019

20th June 2019

 

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

The next Training Provider webinar will take place on 26th June 2019 at 10am. 

 

  • ACE360 is an industry-wide Apprenticeship management system that enables you to manage Apprenticeship Standards efficiently, securely, and paper free.
  • ACE360 is the only comprehensive database of Apprenticeship Standards, with the ability to research Gateway and End Point Assessment requirements at component level. Assessment guidance is also built in.
  • ACE360 has been developed with industry partners to ensure it delivers for the sector and is compliant with all relevant legislation.

 

Book your free place now to find out more about ACE360.

 

 

Acceptable Evidence Guidance – 25th February 2019

25th February 2019

In December 2018, we updated the latest version of the Acceptable Evidence Guidance for ACE.  Since then we have made the following changes;
 

Cskills Awards was previously the Awarding Organisation for CITB, it is now part of NOCN. We have therefore updated our NOCN guidance to incorporate NOCN_Cskills, NOCN/NOCN_Cskills.
 

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

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 ace.helpdesk@fisss.org or by calling 0300 303 4444.
 

Federation Oracle

3rd December 2018

The latest issue of the Federation Oracle, the one stop shop for updates from within Apprenticeships is out now. In this edition you will find information on:
 

  • Managing Directors Update
  • ACE360 is up and running!
  • Hong Kong Delegation
  • High Quality Certification Processes
  • Assessors Guild
  • ACE Rejection Rates