The Erasmus+ programme has recently awarded grants to 19 EQAVET National Reference Points. Who are they, what will they do? Here are some answers.
EQAVET, short for ‘European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training’, is a community of practice which brings together Member States, social partners and the European Commission to develop and improve quality assurance in VET. It is based on the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework, a key element of European policy for VET, which aims at improving the general quality of VET provision.
To implement this framework, National Reference Points (NRPs) have been appointed by their governments and can apply for Erasmus+ funding under Key Action 3 ‘Support for policy reform’. This year, 19 grants were awarded to organise a whole range of activities - from peer learning to training courses, and communication campaigns. Here are some examples of the activities which will be undertaken:
- The German NRP, BIBB, will use this grant to share its expertise on work-based learning and present the quality assurance features of the dual system to its partners
- in Malta, the National Commission for Further and High Education will develop training courses for VET providers and quality assurance professionals
- The Croatian NRP will further develop the national framework for quality assurance, developing and piloting a VET graduate tracking mechanism
- in Finland, the NRP will use the grant to make sure that the upcoming reform of VET, to be implemented in 2018, is in line with EQAVET recommendations
- Stichting CINOP, the Dutch NRP will focus on disseminating the results of activities developed in the past years, with the objective of enhancing a focus on quality among VET providers, and promoting the use of information and tools by VET students and staff.
More information on these activities and all other awarded grants is available from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which manages this part of the Erasmus+ programme.