Promoting a quality culture for VET system resilience

The ETF approach to promoting quality assurance in vocational education and training is based on a conceptual framework focusing on key policy areas: policy and governance, qualifications standards, provision, assessment, validation, certification and data. It comprises sample measures and indicators, has a European and international perspective, and aims to support the development of a quality culture that reinforces resilience at system level. 

The ETF’s Forum for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (VET)launched in 2017, offers a support network for member countries from South-Eastern Europe, Turkey, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, and Eastern Partnership in modernising and improving VET quality assurance through transnational peer learning linking with the EQAVET Network which gives members access to developments in the European Union and its members states. Representatives are appointed from government ministries and national authorities/agencies. 

Peer visit is a form of external feedback from peers to host institutions on a selected quality assurance measure that requires revision or improvement. The ETF has developed a Peer-visit guidance and training manual to guide this process.

The Forum also organises information sessions and webinars sharing information and the peer-visit tool to the wider public. During the COVID pandemic, several quality assurance measures were covered during the following webinars: 

  1. Webinar on graduate tracking
  2. ETF webinar on assessment of teachers' and trainers' performance | Open Space (
  3. ETF webinar on peer visits as external evaluation tool | Open Space (
  4. Webinar on self-assessment of schools: experience of Estonia and Montenegro | Open Space (
  5. Webinar on quality assurance of work-based learning

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