Brief description of the context of the VET system in Ireland

In Ireland, publicly funded VET is provided largely through the 16 statutory, regional Education and Training Boards (ETBs). ETBs may collaborate to meet their responsibilities, through the work of the Education Training Board Ireland (ETBI). Provision spans from levels 1-6 of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and provides for post-compulsory school /adult full time, part time provision, including in formal, workplace and community settings. Public funding for VET provision is administered through SOLAS.

Some VET provision is provided by independent (commercial, not-for-profit, and voluntary) providers. Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is the statutory agency responsible for the external quality assurance of all post-compulsory education and training nationally, including universities. The QQI is also custodian of the NFQ and while responsible for maintaining and developing it, also sets standards for awards as an awarding body, making awards at levels 1 -10 of the NFQ.

Since its establishment in 2012, the QQI has engaged in extensive consultation facilitating the development of a range of new policies, including for Quality Assurance within ETBs. Providers must have regard to the QQI policies and guidelines, establishing policies locally and submitting them to the QQI for approval, in the case of ETBs. EQAVET principles have strongly informed national quality assurance policy developments.

The EQAVET National Reference Point (NRP), along with a range of other EU initiatives, is housed within the QQI.

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