1. “Peer Review for EQAVET” Facilitating a Common Quality Assurance Framework through Peer Review for VET
Peer Review for EQAVET is a two-year Leonardo da Vinci (Transfer of Innovation) project which aims to transfer, further develop and adapt into the national quality assurance systems for continuous Vocational Education and Training in Greece, Sweden, France, Bulgaria and Poland, the contests of the European Peer Review Manual for VET, the corresponded Peer Review Tool-Box and the Peers’ Training Programme. Peer Review is a form of external evaluation with the aim to support the reviewed educational institution in its efforts for quality assurance and quality development. Based on the European good practice Peer Review for VET it researches in each participating country for similarities and differences regarding the harmonization of the national systems for Quality Assurance in VET with the principles of European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) and creates the most effective combination of factors for developing training programmes aimed at efficient conducting of Peer Review for VET and awareness raising workshops addressed to key decision makers and stakeholders.
2. “CQAF-online” Common Quality Assurance Framework-VET, a provider online model
The aim of the two-year Leonardo da Vinci project was to test and finalise the elaborated QA-model by the partnership and transfer the model to an online instrument for self-assessment and quality improvement for VET-providers. The European Quality Assurance model, is a free, easy to use self assessment online tool for VET organisations which are interested in looking at quality issues. Giving proof of good quality enables the organizations to meet the expectations of the learners and stakeholders. Therefore it will lead to better position of the organization in the educational market.
The European model supports quality assurance for learning and training for those issues that really matter: issues that are of direct importance for a good learning result. The model points out relevant areas and demonstrates room for further improvement. As a tool, it is an instrument for staff of VET organizations interested in rising the quality of their training.
3. Operational model of "Common Quality Assurance Framework" at VET-provider level
The overall aim of the project was to create a common operational model concerning Quality Assurance for VET at provider´s level with common standards, criteria and procedures, in order to develop the quality and attractiveness of VET systems and practices and also to promote transparency and facilitate transfer of innovation in QA between EU VET providers.
The specific objective of the project was to adapt the already elaborated VET- quality assurance system based on ISO 9001-2000 of Folkuniversitetet Uppsala to recommendations set in “Common Quality Assurance Framework" (CQAF) produced by the Technical Working Group in EU on quality in VET (TWG). The adapted model is an important step in development of a commonly agreed methodology, qualitative and quantitative indicators and criteria for VET providers, as well as a practical tool for self-assessment within EU.
4. Towards a reciprocal recognition of quality assurance systems in VET for Tourism, “QUALVET”
Partnership aim was to establish a quality assurance mechanism aimed at improving the quality and competitiveness of tourism education and training in Europe.
The quality assurance mechanism was expected to increase the efficiency of tourism training institutions, the cooperation of the European institutions with a view to facilitating the European recognition of competences, thereby enhancing a greater movement of tourism professionals in Europe.
The project tackled quality assurance of teaching, since the quality of teaching, including content, methods, and teachers are crucial for the achievements of learners. The aspects that came under scrutiny were how teaching content and methods have impacted on the trainees professional employability, and the extent to which these should be adapted to the needs of learners, the labour market needs.