Policy Brief on Higher VET and the role of quality assurance is now available

The policy brief is now available here and based on the peer learning activity held in Cyprus on 20-21 March 2018. The PLA was part of the EQAVET 2018-19 work programme and was organised by the EQAVET Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus. It included a half-day study visit to  the Techniki Scholi Larnacos.
The PLA brought together colleagues from VET providers and those with a national or regional responsibility for VET policy from 17 countries and the European social partners. Many participants represented a Member State’s Quality Assurance National Reference Point (NRP) – these were established as part of the EQAVET Recommendation and have a central role in supporting the VET quality assurance arrangements in their system.
 This PLA looked at VET qualifications at EQF Levels 5 to 7 which are provided outside the higher education sector. The discussions considered how:
• the provision of higher VET increases the attractiveness and relevance of VET;
• quality assurance can contribute to fostering parity of esteem between qualifications in higher academic education and higher VET
The following comments are based on participants’ reflections which were informed by presentations from Cyprus, Austria, Ireland and UEAPME (The European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises).

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