A SPOTLIGHT ON QUALITY IN DUBLIN
Quality assurance is an important tool for building effective vocational education and training (VET) and qualification systems. The topic was the focus of discussions when VET experts from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine*, Morocco and Tunisia met for a three-day learning programme in Dublin.
Organised by the ETF and the Irish National Authority: Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the event covered quality assurance mechanisms related to VET qualifications.
Transnational co-operation for development and EQAVET – the European community of practice developing and improving quality assurance in VET – was discussed. Participants also covered the VET Quality Assurance Forum, which the ETF intends to launch in 2017.
Ireland’s multi-actor, multi-level approach to VET governance and comprehensive approach to quality assurance and qualifications set the scene for peer exchange and learning. Participants saw how VET provider autonomy can be maximised through a climate of supportive steerage, effective co-operation, transparency, responsibility and trust. And how networking enhances innovation and the mainstreaming of good practice nationwide.
The programme included a study visit to the Aviation Centre at Dublin Airport to see an award-winning approach to apprenticeship.