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The Case for Quality: ETF partner countries moving forward together

Thematic Area: ; VET quality assurance; Qualifications Systems
Year/Date: 29/02/2016

Quality in VET

Quality assurance frameworks are an important tool for making vocational education and training more relevant and attractive to learners, their families and employers. Representatives from seven ETF partner countries are meeting in Turin to discuss how they are moving forward on VET quality assurance policies and measures.

The participants, from candidate and potential candidate countries, will hear about the European experience, in particular the Finnish approach to VET quality assurance and how it aligns to the European Framework known as EQAVET and how Germany assures the quality of the professional development of VET teachers and trainers.

The European Commission will demonstrate that countries participating in the EQAVET Network are aligning their systems with the European approach in an effort to bring about real improvements in their VET systems and enhance mutual trust. Participants at the ETF seminar will also discuss a proposal to launch a new forum for ETF partner countries that would be aligned with the EQAVET model.

ETF specialist in VET policy Elizabeth Watters says technological advancements and the global market economy demands an upskilled, enterprising, adaptable and mobile workforce. 'Modernising and improving vocational education and training systems is part of the solution - one that requires a renewed emphasis on quality assurance. The ETF is working with its 29 partner countries in this critical area. Transnational co-operation is a powerful tool for addressing common needs and challenges and introducing innovation effectively.'

Participating countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.


*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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