1st information seminar, 10-11 May 2012, Athens, Greece

The first information seminar for the national reference points took place in Athens on 10 and 11 May 2012.

It was hosted by the Greek National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) and the EQAVET Secretariat.

The seminar enabled key actors with a multiplier role in their national systems to familiarise themselves with the results of the work undertaken in the EQAVET working groups since 2010. It also created opportunities for networking and sharing of experiences between the participants.

The seminar provided an opportunity for national reference points and other actors to engage in training simulation activities using the material developed by the Network. The objective was to engage participants in a process of reflection by providing practical and ‘hands-on’ exercises which can then be used in the national context engaging relevant stakeholders.

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10 May 2012, Thursday

9.00-10.30 | Introduction session

10.30-11.00 | Coffee break

11.00-11.30 | Blended learning/training session

  • The Quality Cycle IT tool – How best to use the IT tool and communicate with national VET providers – presentation of the IT tool
  • Self-assessment training tasks to examine national practices in the light of EQAVET Recommendation

11.30-12.15 | Role of national reference points (identifying and working with stakeholders) – the Romanian experience, Dana Stroie

12.15-13.00 | Working with providers: building on/complementing existing quality assurance processes used by VET providers – an exercise that will help to make a comparison between EQAVET process and ISO and EQFM and demonstrate similarities and differences – the Hungarian experience, Katalin Molnar-Stadler

13.00-14.00 | Lunch

14.00-16.45 | Training activities. Facilitator: Keith Brumfitt
Training activities in small groups – reflection on supporting the actions of those building or/and introducing steps towards a quality assurance system or approach for VET, focused on the EQAVET indicative descriptors.

14.00-14.45 | Task 1: Building the quality assurance system: using contrasting statements to reflect on your own practice. Self-assessment task to compare current practice with the indicative descriptors.

14.45-15.30 | Task 2: Linking indicators and indicative descriptors - relationship mapping exercise.

15.30-16.00 | Coffee break

16.00-16.45 | Task 3: Introduction to the building blocks and their potential links to EQAVET indicative descriptors and indicators - through a case study illustrating how the building blocks have been used in designing a quality assurance process.

16.45-17.30 | Plenary session
Lessons from day 1 followed by a discussion

11 May 2012, Friday

9.00-11.15 | Training activities. Facilitator: Maria Emília Galvão
Training activities and reflections on supporting the actions on self-monitoring processes for those who have already developed and implemented a quality assurance system or approach for VET, focused on the EQAVET indicators and the evaluation and review stages of the quality cycle.

9.00-9.45 | Task 4: Organising the self-monitoring process – working with a proposed methodology using indicators and data.

9.45-10.30 | Task 5: Addressing actions when collecting data – exercise on identification of sound processes and the use of EQAVET indicators.

10.30-11.15 | Task 6: Exercise on “turning information into evidence and taking action” using a “stakeholder matrix”.

11.15-11.45 | Coffee break

11.45-12.30 | Plenary session
Lessons from day 2 followed by a discussion

12.30-13.00 | Closing plenary session

Reflection on:

  • Strengthening partnerships at national level and sharing ideas on areas for future common work
  • Identifying concrete projects for future common work between National Reference Points
  • Next steps

13.00 | Lunch and departure

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