The EQAVET Forum 2016 was organised by the EQAVET Secretariat on behalf of the European Commission as part of the European Vocational Skills Week which took place from 5-9 December.

The EQAVET Forum took place on 7 December at  MCE Conference and Business Centre and focused on two key topics:

  • Fostering VET graduate tracking
  • Improving quality assurance in VET, and in particular in work based learning

These topics have been identified in the New Skills Agenda as important action points in order to strengthen human capital, employability and competitiveness. They are therefore of particular importance in reflecting on the implications of the New Skills Agenda for our ongoing work in EQAVET.

The Forum brought together policy makers, EQAVET experts, associations of VET providers, social partners and VET practitioners and will provide an opportunity for learning more about how these topics are being addressed in different European countries, sharing practical approaches and experience of working with EQAVET and networking with other participants.

EQAVET for beginners – an introduction session on EQAVET (only for newcomers) - Keith Brumfitt, EQAVET Secretariat
Welcome to the Forum and agenda
-    João Santos, Deputy Head of Unit Vocational Education and Adult Education, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion - European Commission
-    Sean Feerick, Director, EQAVET Secretariat
Key role of National Reference Points (NRPs) in the implementation of EQAVET
-    Romanian project on making VET more attractive and pathways to transition easier - Dana Stroie, National Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training Development in Romania
-    Austrian project on VET teachers’ involvement in quality management systems and QA procedures - Franz Gramlinger, ARQA-VET - Austrian National Reference Point for Quality Assurance in VET

Tracking of VET graduates (Part I - presentation)
•    Introduction - Koen Bois d’Enghien, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
•    Key messages on practices in EU countries regarding the tracking of VET graduates – Arancha Oviedo, Policy Officer, EQAVET Secretariat
•    Tracking students and graduates - Thea van den Boom, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands and Alie Kamphuis, CINOP, the Netherlands

Tracking of VET graduates (Part II – parallel workshops)
•    Feedback from noon workshop A: Setting up and developing effective VET tracking systems
•    Feedback from noon workshop B: Using the results from VET graduate tracking systems  

Improving the quality assurance and cost-effectiveness of apprenticeship training

Towards a shared vision of apprenticeship
•    Fostering Quality Apprenticeship in Europe - Francesco Lauria, ETUC
•    The cost-effectiveness of apprenticeships schemes: Making the business case for apprenticeships - Arnold de Boer, UEAPME

Further developing quality assurance in VET (Part I - presentations)

•    Plenary presentation on QA in WBL - Anja Lietzmann, k.o.s GmbH, Germany
•    Plenary presentation on self-assessment procedures of VET providers - Leena Koski, Finnish National Board of Education, Finnish Reference Point for Quality Assurance in VET and Jatta Herranen, North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium, Finland

Further developing quality assurance in VET (Part II – parallel workshops) 'How to improve the quality assurance of work-based learning and self-assessment procedures of VET providers?"
•    Feedback from afternoon workshop A:  Quality assurance of work based learning
•    Feedback from afternoon workshop B:  Self-assessment tools for VET providers
Closing the Forum
-    João Santos, Deputy Head of Unit Vocational Education and Adult Education, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion - European Commission

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