Indicative Descriptors (Review)

The indicative descriptors can help VET providers to consider their approach to quality assurance and gauge how much progress has been made. The following analysis presents two contrasting statements for each descriptor. You are invited to consider which of these statements best describes your own approach. By considering each contrasting statement, you can review your own progress towards a European system of quality assurance.

Learners’ feedback is gathered on their individual learning experience and on the learning and teaching environment. Together with teachers’ feedback this is used to inform further actions

Would you describe your approach to quality assurance as one where:
1. full account is taken of learners’ and teachers’ feedback in the review of practice 
or
2. any review is less likely to take account of learners' and teachers’ feedback

If you would like to see how other VET providers have addressed this issue, you can review the case studies: - Austria: Supporting transition to VET
- Austria: Challenging gender stereotypes
- Cyprus: Staff training
- Czech: Using all four stages of the quality cycle
- Estonia: A five year development plan
- Germany: Developing high quality apprentices
- Hungary: Using feedback from partners to improve VET
- Ireland: Self-assessment
- Italy: Changing an organisation’s culture
- Italy: Standardising internal processes
- Romania - Entrepreneurial skills
- Slovenia: A central committee for quality assurance
- Slovenia: A focus on employability

Information on the outcomes of the review is widely and publicly available

Would you describe your approach to quality assurance as one where:
1. outcomes of any review are in the public domain 
or
2. review outcomes are unlikely to be in the public domain

If you would like to see how other VET providers have addressed this issue, you can review the case studies:

- Italy: Changing an organisation’s culture
- Slovenia: A central committee for quality assurance

Procedures on feedback and review are part of a strategic learning process in the organisation

Would you describe your approach to quality assurance as one where:
1. reviews are planned and inform the regular updating of practice 
or
2. the outcomes of a review are unlikely to change practice

If you would like to see how other VET providers have addressed this issue, you can review the case studies:

- Estonia: A five year development plan
- Estonia: Creating a clear line of sight between strategic and personal objectives
- Germany: Developing high quality apprentices
- Hungary - Career tracking system
- Italy: Changing an organisation’s culture
- Italy: Standardising internal processes
- Romania: Implementing the national model
- Slovenia: A central committee for quality assurance
- Slovenia: A focus on employability

Results/outcomes of the evaluation process are discussed with relevant stakeholders and appropriate action plans are put in place

Would you describe your approach to quality assurance as one where:
1. the outcomes of the reviews are shared widely in order to appropriate action plans to be put in place 
or
2. reviews are usually only considered by the management team

If you would like to see how other VET providers have addressed this issue, you can review the case studies:

- Hungary - Career tracking system
- Slovenia: A central committee for quality assurance
- Slovenia: A focus on employability
- The Netherlands – Peer support

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