2005 - the Foundation of ENQA-VET

In October 2005, the majority of EU member states founded the European Network for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (ENQA-VET), with a view to developing and implementing a common concept for quality assurance in VET. Since 2007 the EU has supported this process by making financial resources available to fund the work of the Secretariat in Dublin and elements of the travel costs. In order to promote quality assurance at national level and to strengthen cooperation at European level, the countries represented in the ENQA-VET reached an agreement to establish “National Quality Assurance Reference Points for VET”. Until 2010 these had preponderantly been attached to institutions or had been operating as an informal network (inter-institutional steering group). By 2008, Germany had already taken the initial step to set up an advisory group, consisting of representatives of the Federal and Länder governments and the social partners (the “National Advisory Group to the ENQA-VET”), without formally establishing an organisation. Finally, in July 2008, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) directed the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)  to form a “German Reference Point for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training”. This was accomplished on 1 August 2008, when DEQA-VET was founded.


In June 2009, the European Council and the European Parliament passed a recommendation (Recommendation 2009) whereby the ENQA-VET along with its results and materials was transferred over to the EQAVET process at the beginning of the year 2010. Moreover, at the time of this transfer, all member states were obliged to establish a Quality Assurance National Reference Point (QANRP) for vocational education and training. In the EQAVET process, the National Reference Point is the second (or third) representative of the member state alongside the member state delegate (or delegates).
Furthermore, the said Recommendation urged member states to implement quality assurance measures based on the quality cycle within their VET systems. This quality cycle, also known as the Deming Circle, had been designated as the common foundation for quality assurance efforts in vocational education and training.

Since its foundation in 2005 and up to the year 2010 the ENQA-VET network has created numerous basics and has compiled a large amount of papers. More detailed information on the activities of ENQA-VET in the years 2008 and 2009 can be found in the ENQA-VET Work Programme.

ENQA-VET Work Programme as pdf Download (57 kb)
Information brochure: WORK PROGRAMME 2008-2009 as PDF (6,4 MB)


From ENQA-VET Work Programme 2008/09:


ENQA-VET’s mission is to develop, disseminate and promote best European practice and governance in the field of QA in VET at systems and provider’s level by:
  • working as a collective to build a shared understanding of quality assurance and development among, member countries, social partners, regulatory/national authorities and providers
  • fostering sustainable and inclusive activity oriented cooperation among relevant stakeholders at different levels
  • establishing a common platform, common guidelines and criteria for QA on which mutual trust can be solidly built
  •  involving relevant stakeholders in developing and promoting common instruments and indicators.
  •  working with general and higher education authorities to further develop and support entire education and training systems within and across Europe.


By 2010 ENQA-VET will have made a major contribution to:
  • the development of a culture of QA and continuous improvement across the European Union and other participating countries
  • building capacity within systems and providers
  • improving the status and attractiveness of vocational education and training in Europe. 

The Network will be an organization of national authorities and agencies across Europe sharing a common understanding and application of QA in VET.

Providers within and across Europe will be quality assured, according to common principles and guidelines, to deliver relevant and appropriate education and training programmes for the knowledge based European economy.

Mobility will be supported and enhanced by learner and worker exchanges based on effective mutual trust.
Europe will be a world class provider of quality assured, vocational education and training programmes.



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