ETF Forum for quality assurance in VET - peer visit to Georgia
The members of the ETF Forum for Quality Assurance in VET are meeting today in Tbilisi to discuss quality assurance measures of continuing VET programmes: standards and processes for obtaining the right to implement vocational training/retraining programmes in Georgia.
The First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Ms Tamar Makharashvili welcomed warmly on the first day of the peer visit the members of the ETF Quality Assurance Forum in Tbilisi. Quality assurance in education, and especially in vocational education and training is of utmost importance for the Georgian education system. The First Deputy Minister addressed particular thanks to the ETF for giving to Georgia the opportunity of sharing its experience and learning from other countries.
The Skills Agency Georgia reflected on the findings of the first tracer study carried out in Georgia based on which work-based learning, upskilling and reskilling programs offered both by business actors, and education and training providers – were confirmed as priority areas to be addressed.
In Georgia, various types of providers of short training and retraining programmes can apply (not obligatorily) for obtaining the right to Implement CVET Programs through an authorization procedure. The granted authorisation provides access to public funds with a potential to use training and retraining programmes to quickly upskill or reskills jobseekers. Certificates issued by authorised providers are recognized by the state for employment and further education purposes.
In the context of the Forum peer visit, the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement of Georgia invited peers from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Türkiye, to provide their external peer review on the effectiveness and efficiency of external quality assurance mechanisms for the implementation of CVET vocational training/vocational retraining programs. An extra view will be provided by an observer from the National Agency for Qualification and Vocational Education and Training of Portugal, EQAVET National Reference Point Portugal.
During the peer visit, the Forum members will discuss the particularities of the Georgian system with all the key actors involved in its implementation and coordination: National CVET Council granting the right to deliver vocational training/retraining programs, with the assessment experts, and public and private training providers, and with the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement. In the final session of the peer visit, external peers will provide their peer feedback and recommendations.
This type of peer visit is one of the main tools to support self- and peer-assessment of VET quality assurance. The ETF Forum for Quality Assurance in VET has organised learning and sharing of good practices through peer visit to Tunisia and to Montenegro and is committed to supporting QA Forum members to learn and improve through translational peer learning.