The latest news from the Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards can be found on this page.

April 1, 2020 - COVID-19 response survey

Please see the COVID-19 survey for all apprenticeship stakeholders here: link to survey This initiative has been launched in a bid to protect the UK’s Apprentices and vocational training during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federation will review and collate survey responses and identify the key issues and challenges being faced and, where appropriate, take any […]


The Federation is actively monitoring and responding to the current challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic which are currently facing all those involved in the delivery, assessment and quality assurance of Apprenticeships. We have already implemented a number of contingency measures to facilitate as far as is possible, a business as usual service for all […]


We swiftly implemented an interim solution to provide an alternative solution to confirming an Apprentice’s achievement of their Apprenticeship. Normally, a printed certificate would be produced but lack of access to office printers and certificate stocks has made this impossible, in many cases. All of our sector bodies have business continuity plans in place and […]

March 27, 2020 - Apprenticeship Certification – How we’re trying to help

Providing a high-quality and efficient service for our customers is at the forefront of everything that we do in the Federation – especially during these challenging times. We are all having to do things differently, and it’s very likely that we all need to adjust to new ways of working. With this in mind, we […]

December 23, 2019 - Seasons Greetings from the FISSS team

As we enter the festive season for 2019 and look towards 2020, we would like to thank all of our members, customers and contacts for their support this year, and take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas.   We look forward to working with you all in the New Year!

December 2, 2019 - Federation Appoints New Chief Executive with Radical Brief to Change Direction and Put Employers’ Skills Issues on the Agenda

The Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards has appointed public affairs expert Matt Lambert as its new Chief Executive Officer with a brief to raise awareness of the Federation with Government, industry and the public and put the employer’s perspective on skills needs at the top of the political agenda. The Board of the […]

October 7, 2019 - Are you a training provider delivering Apprenticeship Standards?

Join us for a free webinar information session to find out more about our ACE360 Apprenticeship Management System. Manage your Apprenticeships and connect with delivery partners including EPAOs. ACE360 is an integrated Apprenticeship Standards management tool, which is easy to set up, can be integrated with Learner Management Systems and can help to simplify the […]

August 6, 2019 - ACE360 Apprenticeship Management System for Standards: Information Session Dates

The Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards will be hosting the next in our series of webinar information sessions on the ACE360 Apprenticeship Management System during August and September. Our next information sessions for training providers, to familiarise them with the system and demonstrate how easy it is to create Apprentice records, link with […]

August 2, 2019 - Apprenticeships in numbers

Headline numbers for the period from 1st August 2018 to 31st May 2019 (10 months of the academic year) were released on the 25th July for England. There has been a slight increase in Apprenticeship starts during this year, some 6.6 % up on last year with 336,900 apprenticeship starts reported so far for the […]

July 3, 2019 - ACE360 information webinars for training providers

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 […]