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Quality assurance in vocational education and training (EQAVET)

What is the framework for?

The European Quality Assurance Reference Framework (EQAVET) is a reference instrument designed to help EU countries promote and monitor the continuous improvement of their vocational education and training systems on the basis of commonly agreed references. The framework should not only contribute to quality improvement in VET but also, by building mutual trust between the VET systems, make it easier for a country to accept and recognise the skills and competencies acquired by learners in different countries and learning environments.

EU countries use the framework to improve their quality assurance systems in a way that involves all relevant stakeholders. This includes:

  • setting up national reference points for quality assurance;
  • actively participating in the relevant European-level network;
  • developing a national approach aimed at improving quality assurance systems and making the best possible use of the framework.

EQAVET is a voluntary system to be used by public authorities and other bodies involved in quality assurance.