Indicator 1. Relevance of quality assurance systems for VET providers

The material gathered below is part of the information provided by EQAVET on the state of play in quality assurance in VET systems among Member States. These practices have been provided by some Member States in the context of the work undertaken by the EQAVET work on Indicators, 2011.
 

Estonia

In Estonia, both the principle of quality assurance and a number of instruments to assure quality in VET were acknowledged in the mid- 1990s.
In 2003, a quality assurance framework for vocational educational institutions was designed on the basis of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) and includes such measures as: granting education licenses to institutions/curricula; the registration of curricula; state supervision; teacher training and evaluation in accordance with qualification requirements; the assessment of study results and their comparison with national standards of education. The accreditation of curriculum groups is planned and a system of education licences for curriculum groups will also be established.

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Hungary

In the Hungarian context, the meaning of this indicator is the following:
This is a system-level indicator, supported by the legal regulation of the sector. According to the present legislation, having a quality management system in operation is compulsory for each provider of the VET system. The quality management system applied in the Hungarian VET sector is in line with the criteria of the common European tools for quality assurance in VET, i.e. CQAF (The Common Quality Assurance Framework) and EQAVET (European Quality Assurance Reference Framework in VET).

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Ireland 

In Ireland, VET providers offering programmes leading to FETAC awards must register with and agree their Quality Assurance with the national Further Education and Training Awarding body (FETAC).

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United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom,  a number of systems are in place to ensure that providers apply internal quality assurance (QA) systems.  Awarding organisations recognise providers to deliver their qualifications after the provider has met certain criteria, while public funding agencies operate inspection regimes that ensure providers have appropriate QA systems in place

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Slovenia 

In Slovenia, Act for VET (2006) introduced a Quality Assurance system in VET at system and provider level in line with EQAVET/CQAF. By this law the Council of Experts for VET (a counselling body for the Ministry) determined a set of seven indicators at system level on the basis of the proposal put forward by the Institute for VET.  The Institute for VET is legally responsible for the preparation and publication of the yearly report on indicators: the first report on quality in VET was prepared for the school year 2007/2008 and the second report for  the school year 2008/2009. Both reports collected data for the first three indicators and the collection of data for school year 2009/2010 is under progress and a fourth indicator is being developed.

At the level of VET providers, an internal quality assurance system must be implemented by law. To that end, VET providers set up a commission with teachers, students, parents and employers. This commission has to prepare a yearly report on quality assurance on their internet site. The Institute for VET recommends self evaluation as an adequate method.

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