Austria - Support to training providers

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Austria has launched a comprehensive quality management system which is at present focused on initial vocational education and training (IVET). This quality initiative – Qualit├ĄtsInitiative BerufsBildung (QIBB) – covers teaching and learning and administrative processes in every type of school and at every institutional level in the VET school system.

Introduced in 2004, the QIBB system has been supported by quality assurance training for staff at all institutional levels. This support includes training for staff to acquire a wide range of specific skills and qualifications. It allows participants to acquire and consolidate the competences they need to perform all the tasks related to the management of quality assurance.

Central to the QIBB approach has been the belief that it is better to offer support than to prescribe a particular set of activities. This allows training providers to work with autonomy within a national, regional and institutional framework. Alongside this professional autonomy comes responsibility for training and supporting individuals to use the QIBB framework. A range of strategic and operational tools have also been produced to support institutions and individuals in developing their own approach to using the quality cycle.

For more information on the Austrian VET quality initiative QIBB, please go to www.qibb.at. Information about quality assurance in VET in Austria can be found on the website of ARQA-VET, the National Quality Assurance Reference Point at www.arqa-vet.at

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