How are decisions made about which organisations should provide training?
How are decisions made about which qualifications training providers offer?
- How important are decisions on agreeing which organisations can offer VET?
- How important are decisions on the content of training or qualifications in assuring quality?
- What processes are needed to approve which qualifications and programmes can be offered by individual training providers?
- How can the supply of training be best managed, at a national, sectoral and regional level to ensure the demand for high quality training is met?
Italy has rules for accrediting training providers which have been developed nationally and implemented regionally in 2000. Published criteria are used and the arrangements are based on agreement between the Ministry of Labour, the regions and social partners.
Romania has a two stage accreditation process for initial VET based on the right to provide training and the right to award qualifications.
Estonia is developing an accreditation and licensing system for initial VET.
Since 1997, Portugal’s accreditation system has been mandatory for training providers wishing to access public funds, and voluntary for other situations. It is based on the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for VET, compliant quality standard and compliance is verified by documental analysis and audits.
Cyprus is developing an on-line assessment process to approve training providers to deliver publicly funded training programmes.
Clear processes need to be in place to agree who should offer training. The structure and content of qualifications and units are seen as essential parts of the quality assurance process.
Processes for deciding which organisations offer training provide a good opportunity for Member States to manage the supply of formal training and qualifications as well as ensure that effective quality assurance arrangements are in place.
Accreditation and approval systems, while important, do not by themselves guarantee high quality VET provision.