The Quality Cycle

This web-tool supports organisations that have an interest in vocational education and training (VET). It focuses on quality assurance and provides an introduction to the European system that was set out in the EQAVET Recommendation from the European Parliament and Council, 2009.

This Recommendation is based on the four stages of the quality assurance cycle (planning, implementation, evaluation and review). For each stage of the cycle, the Recommendation includes:

  • indicative descriptors which can be used to measure the effectiveness of existing arrangements;
  • indicators which can be used to measure performance.

This web-tool helps those who are introducing or modifying their approach to quality assurance. For those that choose to use this European system, there is a Quality Assurance National Reference Point for in each Member State. These will be able to offer further advice.

For those who use this web resource, the information is set out in two sections:

  • guidance at a regional or national level;
  • guidance for individual VET providers;

In addition, the web-tool includes examples of good practice across Europe, a glossary of key terms used in VET, links to European documents relating to VET and a summary of Member States’ progress in implementing this Recommendation.

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The EQAVET network has developed training materials, which are designed to support European, national and regional organisations which are interested in using the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework in VET to monitor and/or develop their quality assurance approaches. They are useful to national reference points in Member States as well as other organisations that support the development of quality assurance in VET providers. The materials and activities may also be used by national reference points in organising their own training activities for VET providers in their national contexts.

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