DEQA-VET: Quality Assurance in VET

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Quality Assurance in VET

The increasingly marked shortage of skilled staff in the German labour market makes it necessary to reach agreement with other European Union member states on a shared culture of quality assurance in vocational training. The Commission and the Council provided a basis for this with their recommendation on the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) in June 2009. This recommendation does not include a specific quality model, rather it describes criteria, a cycle for a systematic quality assurance process, and reference indicators with the help of which national quality assurance measures such as those planned by providers of initial and continuing vocational training, can be implemented, measured and optimised. In this process the European Qualification Framework (EQF), the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET), the EU lifelong learning programme (LLP) and the European Network for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (ENQAVET) were allconnected.
In the course of the founding of the ENQAVET network, which took place in 2005 with cooperation from most member states, the ‘German National Reference Point for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training’ (Deutsche Referenzstelle für Qualitätssicherung in derberuflichen Bildung – DEQA-VET) was also established. It was affiliated with the BIBB in August 2008. The establishment of a reference point was optional until 2010, but is now obligatory for member states under the new EQAVET recommendation.

The European Network for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) is like a “toolbox”, from which users can choose the indicators that seem relevant to the requirements of their particular quality assurance system. The proposed indicators are designed to help with orientation. They do not replace existing quality assurance systems, but complement them and can be selected and used by Network users depending on national circumstances.

Source: Report on Vocational Education and Training 2011

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