Sustainable Quality in VET

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This Project has been selected as „Good Pracitice-Project 2012-2014“
by the Nationale Agency in Germany!

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Our role: project coordinator
Project maturity: 2012 – 2014

Here you’ll find the project-blog .

This project reflects the Leonardo da Vinci priority for Call of 2012 and focuses on quality in VET. It supports the implementation / use of the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework by supporting the use of self assessment and peer review in the quality assurance process of VET organisations.

In close cooperation between VET and the world of work we develop a set of quality criteria for „Sustainability in VET“ that can be used for initial and continuous training of VET teachers, trainers, tutors and VET institution managers aswell as for transnational peer reviews.

We update former LdV-projects outcomes (PEER REVEIW; PRISDOQ) related to the implementation of the CQAF in view of the adaptation to the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework EQUARF and a transversal KA3-ICT-projects outcomes (ISABEL):

In PRISDOQ transnational peer reviews were used as a tool for quality development in VET organizations and national VET systems. One of the important means is a  “toolbox” ( http://www.peer-review-education.net/index.php?class=Calimero_Article&id=13150 )  which includes 14 Quality Areas. In this LdV-partnership we want to further develop these Quality Areas by developing a new additional one – Quality Area 15 “Sustainability in VET”.

The project partners – as community reporters – will use QA 15 and document sustainability in VET in partners organizations by means of Interactive Social Media. The community reporters content will be shared with the interested public by means of a blog – like in ISABEL. We reflect both on VET in gereral and on e-VET.

In this way the project wants to further improve and develop the VET systems in partners countries and to promote a culture of quality improvement and innovation on organisational level.

Quality assurance in VET is a key priority at EU level to promote increased transparency of VET policy developments between Member States, thereby enhancing mutual trust, mobility of workers and learners, and lifelong learning. Subsequent European cooperation led to the definition of common principles, guidelines and tools for quality development which resulted in the establishment of a common quality assurance framework for VET (CQAF) endorsed by the Council in 2004. In April 2008, the European Commission presented a draft recommendation on the establishment of a European quality assurance reference framework for VET (EQARF) adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in June 2009.

Quality assurance can play a decisive role in modernising European VET and improving performance and attractiveness, achieving better value for money. Many European countries need to increase VET responsiveness to changing labour market demands, increasing the effectiveness of VET ʻoutcomesʼ in improving the match between education and training demand and supply. Across Europe we also need to achieve better levels of employability for the workforce and to improve access to training, especially for vulnerable labour market groups.

Educating for a sustainable future is a formidable challenge! How can we reconcile the requirements of economy, society, and the environment?

There are over 60 million teachers/trainers in the world. Each one is a key agent for bringing about the changes in values and lifestyles we need for a more sustainable teaching and learning in Europe. For this reason, innovative teacher education and continuing professional development is an important part of educating for a sustainable future. Organizational development of educational establishments can support this effectively (and vice versa). That’s what Europe needs in the future.

Educating for a sustainable future is not so much about a destination as about the process of learning to make decisions that consider the long-term economy, ecology and equity of all communities. Its goal is to build an enduring society. This involves learning how to anticipate the consequences of our actions, envision a sustainable future and create the steps needed to achieve the vision. Individuals, organizations and societies will perpetually have to make choices. This needs top-down strategies and bottom-up strategies simultaneously.

In this project the bottom up-strategies of organizations will be described as a „quality area“ for transnational peer reviews including criteria, indicators and ressources.

The quality area will descirbe on the one hand the three dimensions of sustainability:

• economy – e.g. curricula fit to workplace requirement, efficiency of teaching and learning, energy consumption of buildings etc.
• ecology – e.g. low energy strategies, certified equipment, use of low carbon servers etc
• society – e.g. qualification and situation of staff, sickness absence rate of staff, drop out rate of participants and outcomes of VET

And on the other hand the quality area will describe the 3 dimensions of quality:
• structures: ressources (e.g. systems, human ressources, buildings, materials)
• processes: methods and approaches of teaching and learning
• results: drop outs, output and outcomes

We will investigate if the criteria set for the sustainability for VET are also applicable for e-VET trainings.

The projects objectives are:
– raising awareness of the concept of sustainability and its applicability to VET as a quality criterium
– development of a tool for the self assessment for VET organisations including social enterprises perspectives

The projects strategies are:
– mobilities for VETPRO and learners
– community reporting and sharing of best practice by means of ICT / Interactive Social Media
– networking by including local stakeholders (especially SME, social enterprises and social partners)
– dissemination by means of a blog and networking

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2 Antworten zu Sustainable Quality in VET

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