Peer Learning Activity on "Using the EQAVET indicators to accredit VET providers"

The EQAVET Secretariat, in collaboration with the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and the Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education organised a peer learning activity (PLA) for participants interested in discussing the usage of the EQAVET indicators for the purpose of accreditation of VET providers.

The Peer Learning Activity (PLA) enabled participants to: share information on how the indicators in the EQAVET Recommendation are used (or could be used) at the national and provider level in relation to approval, external evaluation or accreditation; and identify what lessons can be learnt from other countries’ experiences.

Venue: Tallin School of Service, Majaka 2, Tallinn, Estonia

Day 1:

Welcome to the peer learning activity - Presenters: Rait Toompere - Archimedes Foundation and Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education, Helen Põllo - Head of the Vocational Education Department in the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, and Meeli Kaldma - Director of the Tallinn School of Service.

Introduction to the peer learning activity - objectives, content, working methodology. Presenter: Keith Brumfitt - EQAVET Secretariat.

How quality assurance systems use the EQAVET indicators

  • How Estonia’s quality assurance system uses performance indicators for accreditation and their connections with EQAVET?
    Presenters: Rita Siilivask - Adviser, Vocational Education Department, Ministry of Education and Research and Marge Kroonmäe - Assessment Director, Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education

  • How Slovenia uses eleven national indicators and their connections with EQAVET?
    Presenter: Aleksandra Grašič  - Head of the EQAVET National Reference Point in Slovenia

Short plenary discussion on issues arising from the presentations

  • How the Latvian system uses the EQAVET indicators
    Presenter: Inita Juhņēviča - Head of the State Education Quality Service in Latvia

Short plenary discussion on issues arising from the presentation

Discussions in small groups focus on how indicators, based on EQAVET, are used. And what are the issues and problems that have to be addressed when indicators are used in a range of ways and for different purposes.

Short presentation of the findings from the pre-PLA questionnaire. Presenter: Keith Brumfitt - EQAVET Secretariat

Questions and short discussion on the draft findings

Discussions in small groups on how to use the EQAVET indicators for accreditation

Summary of key messages and the focus for day 2

Day 2:

Short presentations from VET providers on using EQAVET indicators as part of their approach to quality assurance

  • EQAVET indicator 1 
    Presenter: Sirje Ellermaa - Head of Development from the Kuressaare Regional Training Centre, Estonia

  • EQAVET indicators 6 and 9
    Presenter: Helen Pärk - Head of Studies from the Tallinn Polytechnic School, Estonia

  • Using the EQAVET indicators as part of quality assurance
    Presenters: Jasna Kržin Stepišnik - Director and Boštjan Ozimek, Quality Manager from the Biotechnical Educational Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Using the EQAVET indicators as part of quality assurance,
    Presenter: Agris Ruperts - Headmaster of the Vocational Education Competence Centre "Liepājas Valsts tehnikums" Latvia
    Short plenary discussion on issues arising from the presentation

    Small group discussions on the benefits and problems with using the EQAVET indicators as part of any accreditation process
    Plenary presentation on the benefits and problems with using the EQAVET indicators as part of any accreditation process
    Summary, lessons learnt and main conclusions of the PLA - Keith Brumfitt  -EQAVET Secretariat

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