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Estonia - Self evaluation

Since 2003 Estonia has used a Quality Award model for VET institutions. This creates a culture of self-evaluation with constant improvement in order to enhance the quality of VET institutions’ processes and results

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Finland - Skills demonstrations and the national evaluation of learning outcomes

In Finland the learners’ performance in the ‘skills demonstrations’ provides a proxy indicator of the quality of learning outcomes at a national level. The results from these assessments are analysed and published

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Finland - Student feedback

In Finland there is a web-based feedback system which collects information from students in their competence-based qualifications. In addition, assessors for the Quality Awards provide feedback on the system and process

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Finland - The Quality Management Recommendation

In Finland, since 2000, the Quality Management Recommendation has set out the characteristics of an excellent VET organisation. These requirements are linked to the four stages of the quality assurance cycle

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Germany - Analysing the impact of quality assurance

For several years, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen has piloted a quality management system which strengthens the autonomy of vocational schools. A forthcoming evaluation of the system (called Q2E – see case study Germany - quality management in vocational schools) will examine the effect of Q2E from the viewpoint of the people involved

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Germany - Collaboration between teachers and trainers when designing qualifications

This case study looks at the role of teachers and trainers in developing qualifications.

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Germany - developing an annual plan

Germany's Federal Ministry publishes an annual report on the supply and demand of VET in order to support planning of training provision

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Germany - Increasing the number of teachers and trainers in further training

The great emphasis on cooperation between schools and companies in the German initial VET system also applies to the further training of teachers

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Germany - Quality management in vocational schools

In Hesse, 17 vocational schools are working with a quality management system based on evaluation combined with development. The model (called Q2E) includes the establishment of a culture of routine feedback. The VET schools are given greater responsibility for quality assurance alongside the requirement to establish greater quality control. The pilot programme, established in 2005, is supported by Hesse’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs

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Germany - Regional support

For several years, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen has piloted a quality management system which strengthens the autonomy of vocational schools. An evaluation of the system (called Q2E – see case study Germany - quality management in vocational schools) set out to answer the question of “why some schools are more successful than others in establishing and maintaining a quality management system?”

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