Peer learning activity on EQAVET Indicator number 6
"Utilisation of acquired skills at the workplace"

The EQAVET work programme 2013-2015 makes provision for the organisation of peer learning activities (PLAs) which will enable EQAVET members to deepen, share and transfer their knowledge of quality assurance issues identified as relevant by the network. 

The second PLA  focused on EQAVET indicator number 6, "Utilisation of acquired skills at the workplace" and  took place in Belfast (Northern Ireland), on Dec. 3-4, 2013.
The PLA was organised by the Department for Employment and Learning, UK, Northern Ireland (Directorate for Further Education Policy) in partnership with the EQAVET Secretariat.

Venue: Park Inn Hotel, 4 Clarence Street, Belfast, BT2 7GP, Northern Ireland
Dates: 3-4 December 2013

Agenda

Day 1: 3 December 2013

9.00-9.15   
Welcome to the peer learning activity:
Welcoming address on behalf of the Sean Feerick, Director of EQAVET Secretariat.
Welcoming address on behalf of the host organisation: Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland.

9.15-9.30   
Introduction to the peer learning activity - objectives, content, working methodology

Sean Feerick, Director, EQAVET Secretariat /Maria Emilia Galvao, EQAVET expert
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9.30-10.30   
Discussions on skills utilisation, data collection and issues of working with employers and learners to gather data - System level approaches in the IVET sector from Northern Ireland and Estonia, followed by questions and answers session

1. “Quality assurance system, supporting engagements with employers”
Presenter: Angela Whiteside, quality improvement advisor, Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland
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2. “Research study on learners destination and satisfaction”
Presenter: Thomas Coyle, analytical services branch, Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland
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3.  “System-level initiatives on feedback of VET - graduates competences and employers satisfaction.” Estonian case study
Presenter: Kalle Toom, Deputy Head - Vocational Education Department, Ministry of Education and Research, Estonia
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Discussion on key issues, challenges, lessons learned and links to EQAVET in plenary – analysis of pre-activity questionnaire results
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10.30-11.00    Coffee break

11.00-13.00   
Discussion on key issues, challenges, lessons learned and links to EQAVET (continued)

4. "From past Experience to future challenges - Survey implemented by EKEPIS"
Presenter: Antonios Glaros, Head of Communication and Development Division, National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance-EOPPEP, Greece
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13.00-14.00    Buffet lunch
 
14.00-15.30    

Discussion in small groups on identifying issues, common challenges and solutions at system level for the IVET and CVET sectors:
15.30-16.00    Coffee break

16.00-17.30   
Plenary session – feedback from breakout groups
19.00    Dinner: Park Inn Hotel, restaurant

Day 2: 4 December 2013

9:00-9.15    Recap of day 1 and presentation of day 2 programme
9.15-11.00   
Practical approaches and good practices of VET providers in the IVET sector on skills utilisation, data collection and issues of working with employers and learners to gather data

1. "Inventing the future - working and learning together"
Presenter: Damian Duffy, Director of Business Development and Student Success, Belfast Metropolitan College, Northern Ireland
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2. “Provider-level initiatives on feedback of VET-graduates competences and employers satisfaction.” Estonian case study
Kalle Toom, Deputy Head - Vocational Education Department,, Ministry of Education and Research, Estonia

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11.00-11.30    Coffee break

11.30-13.00   
Discussion on key issues, challenges, lessons learned and links to EQAVET (continued)

Practical approaches and good practices of VET providers in the CVET sector on skills utilisation, data collection and issues of working with employers and learners to gather data

3. From past Experience to future challenges - Survey implemented by EKEPIS
Presenter: Antonios Glaros, Head of Communication and Development Division National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance,EOPPEP, Greece
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Discussion on key issues, challenges, lessons learned and links to EQAVET
Discussion in small groups on identifying issues, common challenges and solutions at a system level for the IVET and CVET sector

13.00-14.00    Buffet lunch

14.00-15.45   
Plenary session – feedback from breakout groups
Key issues on skills utilisation, data collection and issues of working with employers and learners to gather data, at provider level for the IVET and CVET sectors– Conclusions and lessons learned

Summary, lessons learned and main conclusions of the PLA

15.45-16.00    Closing session


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