The issue of quality and quality management in Vocational education and training (VET) constitutes one of the major fields of development in the European Union while many resources have been devoted to increase the quality of VET.

Despite all the efforts, experience shows that it is difficult for VET organizations to translate evaluation results into improvement initiatives. The available Quality Assurance (QA) guides and kits are based on a fairly traditional model which focuses on “evaluation” rather than engaging the teaching staff on incorporating ideas into practice. Available research (CEDEFOP) shows that one of the main barriers is the view about quality initiatives of not only an organisation’s leadership but also of the teaching staff.

This is where the “Promoting quality culture in VET“ project is aiming at!

The overall objective of the project is to support VET leadership in motivating and engaging VET teaching staff in the implementation of quality initiatives at VET institutions by improving prior elaborated guidelines.

These guidelines promote the engagiment and motivation of teaching staff regarding quality initiatives in 4 different phases of the quality cycle  (planning, implementation, evaluation and review). The guidelineswill be developed based on the EQAVET quality cycle in an interactive form in five different languages. The guidelines will be supplemented by best practises, practical advice and examples.

The impact of the project will be:

  • the empowerment of teaching staff with regards to quality initiatives in VET-organisations,
  • enabling VET-organisations in overcoming the present barriers in utilization of evaluation results of QA-initiatives in their review and improvement processes,
  • facilitating the work of EQAVET in monitoring the impacts of their Quality models and indicators in VET-organisations at EU-level.

Does it sound familiar?

Many efforts on achieving quality in VET have taken place in the past. The innovative nature of the QC-VET project is the elaboration of guidelines according to the EQAVET quality cycle (Planning, Implementation, Evaluation and Review) complemented by practical best practices and checklists. This will:
  • Facilitate further motivation and engagement of teaching staff in quality initiatives,
  • Enable teachers’ active participation in review and planning for improvement of the VET activities,
  • Promote a shared vision on VET education and quality perception within VET institutions, and
  • Promote EQAVET as a common European-wide platform for quality assurance in VET since the guidelines will be based on the quality cycle, indicators and descriptors of EQAVET.

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