• Work in European quality assurance in vocational education and training (EQAVET) brings together the Member States of the European Union, the Social Partners and the European Commission in a community of practice to develop a culture of quality assurance both within national VET) systems and at a European level.  
    EQAVET should be seen in the broader context of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020) and the Copenhagen Process, which calls for a deeper collaboration in the field of VET where countries work together in developing common responses to shared challenges.

    EQAVET works in a collaborative methodology designed to support Member States in improving the quality of their VET and supporting the implementation of the Recommendation on the establishment of a European Quality Assurance Reference Framework, adopted in 2010.

    The European Quality Assurance Reference Framework aims to increase the transparency, market relevance, consistency and transferability of VET qualifications across Europe. It provides a common framework and tools to Member State VET systems and VET providers to improve, monitor and evaluate their quality assurance policies and practices in a manner appropriate to their national/institutional context.

    The effective implementation of the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework requires Member States to participate fully in the EQAVET Network, its work programme and to support well functioning Quality Assurance National Reference Points. In every Member country, a National Reference Point gives access to information on the EQAVET Framework; and brings together existing relevant bodies, involving the Social Partners and all stakeholders concerned at national and regional levels. The National Reference Points play a key role in EQAVET. 

  • THE QA REFERENCE FRAMEWORK


    The European Quality Assurance Reference Framework provides a European wide system to help Members review the effectiveness of their vocational education and training (VET) provision and quality management practices.
    Education and training are essential aspects of the European Union’s Lisbon strategy for jobs, growth and social cohesion. In 2000 the European Council called for the modernisation of education and training systems within a lifelong learning perspective, and set a target for the EU to become the most dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010.
    The Recommendation on the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for VET, accepted by the European Parliament and Council in April 2009, can be applied at the VET system, provider and qualification awarding level.
    EQA is an approach aimed at

     

    1. improving quality assurance systems at national level, where appropriate, and making best use of the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for VET
    2. participate in the EQAVET network
    3. establish a Quality Assurance National Reference Point for VET;
    4. undertake a review of implementation every four years.

    The European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for VET builds on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the European Credit for VET (ECVET) system and previous European quality assurance systems (such as the Common Quality Assurance Framework – CQAF) in that it

     

      • includes the need for regular monitoring (including the use of internal and external evaluation mechanisms) and reporting on progress;
      • uses common quality criteria and indicative descriptors to underpin the monitoring and reporting arrangements;
      • stresses the importance of common indicators to support the evaluation, monitoring and quality assurance of VET systems and providers.

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