There are a high volume of fashion and textile training courses and qualifications on offer in the UK, which can be confusing for businesses, educators and individuals alike. The UKFT Approved: Qualifications programme helps signpost quality provision that meets the skills needs of industry, from entry level to higher education.
Working collaboratively with Awarding Organisations, UKFT reviews course provision with the intention of recognising and promoting high-quality qualifications that will equip candidates with the skills to progress their career.
In response to sector requirements, UKFT Approved relates to both the review of existing provision, as well as the development of new qualifications communicated through the UKFT Awarding Organisation Forum (AOF) and other UKFT channels.
The UKFT Approved: Qualifications programme can deliver a range of benefits:
Approval from an industry skills body providing recognition of a qualification;
Benchmarking of outcomes against employer-identified skills gaps;
Ability to satisfy regulatory and stakeholder requirements through independent review evidence, as well as employer engagement – this includes supporting letters from the Sector Skills Body, employers and other relevant stakeholders;
Comparable evidence across the sector for UKFT and Awarding Organisations (supporting regulatory evidence);
Promotion via UKFT networks and industry publications;
Additional signposting and communication around qualifications where candidates can achieve ‘approved’ badging upon completion.