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 –

 

https://www.thetechpartnership.com/about/legacy-transition-plans/

 

https://www.instructus-skills.org/instructus-tech-partnership-certification-apprenticeship/

 

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

GDPR

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 fisss.org 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 acw@fisss.org
 

Acceptable Evidence Guidance – 1st March Update

5th March 2018

In December 2017, we updated the latest version of the Acceptable Evidence Guidance for ACW. since then we have made the following changes:
 

New Pages
 

We have added a new Awarding Organisation: Agored
 

Changes to Existing Pages
 

AQA: we have added a new certificate to reflect the GCSE English and Maths numeric grading.
 

OCR: we have added an updated version of the Interchange General Qualification Printout.
 

Pearson: we have added a BTEC Essential Skills Confirmation Report.
 

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

Festive Office Closure

12th December 2017

The FISSS offices will be closing on Friday 22nd Dec 2017 and reopening on Tuesday 2nd Jan 2018. During this period the ACW system will be available for you to load/amend apprentice records, however we will be unable to provide any additional system support. We will endeavour to resolve any outstanding queries upon our return.
 

Acceptable Evidence Guidance – 11th December 2017 Update

11th December 2017

In September 2017, we updated the latest version of the Acceptable Evidence Guidance for ACW. Since then we have made the following changes:
 

New Pages

We have added a new Awarding Organisation:  BIIAB.
 

Changes to Existing Pages
Cambridge International Examiniations (CIE) have rebranded and are now known as Cambridge Assessment International Education:  we have added an additional Statement of Results.

City & Guilds: we have amended the minimum requirements on the Walled Garden report.

Pearson:  we have added a new certificate to reflect the GCSE English and Maths numeric grading and a Core Skill Confirmation Report and an unacceptable screenshot.

SQA: we have added a SQA Connect Candidate Services printout. and a SQA Connect Core Skills Printout.
 

If you have any further questions relating to this issue then please contact the ACW Support Team via acw@fisss.org or by calling 0300 303 4444.
 

Password Policy

22nd November 2017

On Thurs 7th December 2017, a new password policy will be introduced to the ACW site for all users. In an effort to guarantee that the data held within the ACW database is kept as securely as possible you will be required to change your password.
Your new password should contain the following characteristics:

 

  • Contain as least 12 alphanumeric characters
  • Contain both upper and lower case letters
  • Contain at least one number (0-9)
  • Contain at least one special character (!,!$%^&*()_+|~-=\`{}[]:”;'<>?,/)

Passwords containing the above characteristics are considered to be strong.

Please read the below sections for further guidance on password creation and best practices –

 

Password Creation

    1. All passwords should be reasonably complex and difficult for unauthorised people to guess. Users should choose passwords that are at least twelve characters long and contain a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and other special characters.
    2. In addition to these requirements, users should also use common sense when choosing passwords. They must avoid basic combinations that are easy to crack. For example “password”, “password1” and “pa$$w0rd” are all equally bad from a security perspective.
    3. Users should choose unique passwords for all of their system accounts, with meaning only to the user who chooses it.
    4. If the security of a password is in doubt – for example, if it appears that an unauthorised person has logged into the account – the password must be changed immediately
    5. Default passwords-such as those created for new users when they start or those that protect new systems when they are initially set up-must be changed as quickly as possible

 

Poor or weak passwords have the following characteristics:

 

    1. Contain less than eight characters
    2. Contain personal information such as birthdates, addresses, phone numbers or names of family members, pets, friends and fantasy characters.
    3. Contain work-related information such as building names, system commands, sites, companies, hardware or software
    4. Contain number patterns such as aaabbb, qwerty, zyxwvuts or 123321

 

Protecting Passwords

 

    1. Users should never share their passwords with anyone else in their organisation, including co-workers, managers, admin assistants, IT Staff members etc. Everyone who needs access to the ACW system should be given their own unique password.
    2. Users should never share their passwords with any outside parties, including those claiming to be representatives of a business partner with a legitimate need to access the ACW system.
    3. Users should take steps to avoid phishing scams and other attempts by hackers to steal passwords and other sensitive information.
    4. Users should refrain from writing down passwords and keeping them at their workstations.

 

If you have any queries relating to this or concerns that your password integrity may be compromised please do not hesitate in contacting the System Support Team or 0300 303 4444.
 

UKFT Sector Skills Body for the fashion and textile industry

1st November 2017

 

The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is to become the Sector Skills Body for the Fashion & Textiles industry.

 

UKFT will take over the management of current Apprenticeship frameworks with the responsibility of both registration and certification of Apprentices in England, Scotland and Wales and work with devolved nation’s stakeholders, to ensure that National Occupational Standards and Apprenticeship provision for the sector are maintained and developed.

 

The transfer of responsibility from Creative Skillset to UKFT goes live on 1st November 2017.

 

UKFT is the most inclusive British network for fashion and textile companies in the UK. We bring together designers, manufacturers, agents and retailers to promote their businesses and our industry, both in the UK and throughout the world. UKFT is in a unique position, representing businesses from spinning, weaving and knitting, right through to catwalk.

 

Adam Mansell CEO of UKFT:

 

“With industry skills and training being a huge part of UKFT’s commitment to the sector, this is very welcome news. We are proud to take over from Creative Skillset, which has supported the industry since 2010 and we thank them for the achievements made during that time. It is extremely important to ensure the management and certification of Apprenticeships and other vocational qualifications is closely aligned to the needs of the industry.”

 

Mark Froud, Managing Director, Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards (FISSS): 

 

“We look forward to working with UKFT; being close to the Employers is critical and they have their trust and respect. UKFT has a strong approach to ensuring that Apprenticeships and training are kept up to date in what is an increasingly fast paced world.”
Seetha Kumar CEO of Creative Skillset:
“Creative Skillset would like to thank the employers and professionals who have been involved in developing standards and frameworks for Fashion and Textiles over the past 7 years. We wish UKFT the very best of luck as they continue the crucial job of supporting Apprenticeship and vocational training in the Fashion and Textiles sector.”
For further information please contact:
Tamara Rizvi:  tamara.rizvi@ukft.org 0207 843 9460
 

Acceptable Evidence Guidance – 11th September Update

8th September 2017

In May 2017, we updated the latest version of the Acceptable Evidence Guidance for ACW. Since then we have made the following changes:
New Pages

We have added a new Awarding Organisation:

Open Awards

 

Changes to Existing Pages

CACHE: due to re-branding we have added updated acceptable and unacceptable evidence.

CCEA:  we added an Essential Skills certificate.

City & Guilds: we have added an unacceptable Unit Credit Certificate which we have also added to Pre-2006 Transferable Skills Evidence.

NCFE:  due to re-branding we have added updated acceptable evidence.

NOCN: we have added an acceptable NOCN/Quartz report.

OCR: we have added a new acceptable piece of evidence showing the latest GCSE grading.
 

If you have any further questions relating to this issue then please contact the ACW Support Team via acw@fisss.org or by calling 0300 303 4444.
 

Acceptable Evidence Guidance – 9th May 2017

9th May 2017

In January 2017, we updated the latest version of the Acceptable Evidence Guidance for ACW. Since then we have made the following changes:
 

New Pages
Two additional Awarding Organisations have been added to the Guidance:
BPEC
CITB
 

Changes to Existing Pages
AAT: have withdrawn an evidence example which has been moved into Withdrawn Evidence, but will still be acceptable until the 8th August 2017.
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE): we have added an acceptable International Certificate of Education.
OCR: we have added a new unacceptable piece of evidence.
Edexcel: we have added a new acceptable IGCSE certificate.
International GCSE (IGCSE): we have added a new acceptable IGCSE certificate.
SQA: we have updated the evidence to include screenshots and reports from their online systems as well as new Certificate examples.
 

If you have any further questions relating to this issue then please contact the ACW Support Team via acw@fisss.org or by calling 0300 303 4444.
 

Acceptable Evidence Guidance – 26 January 2017 Update

26th January 2017

In December 2016, we updated the latest version of the Acceptable Evidence Guidance for ACW.  Since then we have made the following changes:
 

OCR: It has been brought to our attention that it depends on the date of initial achievement as to whether a ****Final Certifying Statement of Results**** shows a Statement number (8) and we have therefore agreed with OCR that it will be removed with immediate effect as a minimum requirement.
We have also added 2 pieces of Unacceptable evidence from the interchange system which only show Test Results rather than achievement of the full qualification.
The Learning Record Service made some significant changes to the way they report qualification achievement last month. Subsequently, it has been brought to our attention that if the source of the information is the ILR or NPD then the level of the qualification will now be shown in the qualification title/aim description and not the Level field. Evidence is acceptable in this format and the guidance has been updated to reflect this.
Pearson have rebranded and we have added a BTEC certificate and an Edexcel certificate to reflect this.
CMIS: We have made a couple of minor alterations to the minimum requirements (points 4 and 5) to incorporate alternative report examples that have been brought to our attention.  Please hyperlink as above.
iSAMS:  We have added a new management information system (iSAMS) which is used within schools.  Please hyperlink as above.