Apprenticeships’ Administrative Update
Modifications to the SASE
Modifications have been agreed for the SASE with an implementation date of the 6th April 2015.
The modification means that the ‘5 year rule’ that currently applies to the validity of GCSEs/Key Skills qualifications in English, Maths and ICT (where applicable) has now been removed.
It also brings iGCSEs and A/AS Level qualifications back into scope, as previously they had to have been achieved before September 2012. This is no longer the case.
The updated version of the SASE and guidance documents can be found here.
The new modifications will only affect and apply to all new apprenticeships starts on or after 6th April 2015.
Please refer to the acecerts.co.uk website to find the current and latest versions of the Transferable Skills guidance.
Removal of the ACE declaration form
On the 17th February FISSS issued a statement about their intention to phase out the Apprentice Declaration & Authorisation Form.
‘Over the last few months, we have been looking at options for removing the need for the ACE Declaration Form to be completed and uploaded to ACE as part of every Apprenticeship Certification claim. We have been in discussions with colleagues in Government to ensure that whatever solution is implemented complies with all the necessary legislative requirements.
We have now agreed a new process and this is currently being developed within ACE, ready for a launch in early April (actual date TBC).’
To find out more about the process please click here.