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EQAVET - European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training

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The European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) emerged from the 2009 recommendation of the European Parliament and Council, as a European wide framework to support quality assurance in vocational education and training (VET) across Europe.

EQAVET is based on a quality assurance and improvement cycle (planning, implementation, evaluation/ assessment, and review/revision) and a selection of descriptors and indicators applicable to quality management at both VET system and VET provider levels.

EQAVET does not prescribe a particular quality assurance system or approach, but provides a framework of common principles, indicative descriptors and indicators that may help in assessing and improving the quality of VET systems and VET provision. EQAVET can therefore be regarded as a ‘toolbox,’ from which the various users may choose those descriptors and indicators that they consider most relevant to the requirements of their quality assurance system.

EQAVET supports the implementation of the 2020 -recommendation on vocational education and training for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness, and resilience. The VET Recommendation describes how EQAVET can be used to strengthen the quality of initial and continuing VET and presents the complete EQAVET framework.

The EQAVET Framework can be used by VET providers and in VET systems to support the quality assurance of

  • learning environments (e.g., school-based provision, work-based learning, apprenticeships, formal, informal and non-formal provision)
  • all types of learning contexts (e.g., digital, face-to-face and blended)
  • public and private sector VET providers
  • VET awards and qualifications at all levels of the European Qualifications Framework

The implementation of the 2020 Council recommendation is supported by National Quality Assurance Reference Points (NRPs), that bring together relevant stakeholders at the national and regional level to

  • implement and further develop the EQAVET framework
  • inform and mobilise a wide range of stakeholders, including Centres of Vocational Excellence, to contribute to the implementation of the EQAVET framework
  • support self-evaluation as one way to measure success and identify areas for improvement, including the digital readiness of VET systems and institutions
  • participate actively in the EQAVET network
  • provide updated descriptions of the national quality assurance arrangements based on EQAVET
  • engage in EU level peer review to enhance the transparency and consistency of quality assurance arrangements, and to reinforce trust between Member States.

Together with national representatives from ministries and other responsible bodies, the NRPs are at the core of the European EQAVET network. By working collaboratively, the EQAVET network produces case studies and guidance on diverse ways to develop and improve the quality assurance of VET. Each year, the EQAVET network organises a range of support activities, including an annual meeting, for those with an interest in the quality assurance of VET at the European level.

EQAVET meetings

The EQAVET work programme 2022/2023 includes the following meetings:

Forthcoming activities (2023)

  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘EQAVET Peer Review on VET teachers’ expertise for VET quality assurance: development, application and sharing’: Lithuania, 24 – 25 January 2023
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Quality assurance of VET curricula reform’: Bulgaria (online), 21 – 22 February 2023
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘External view on the new Quality Management System for Austrian Schools (QMS), its design, the implementation and the transition from the previous QM system for VET schools (QIBB) to QMS’: Austria, 15 – 17 March 2023
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘How to better respond to the training and skills needs of the labour market’: Belgium (FR), 23 – 24 March 2023
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘The new EQAVET-based institutional VET quality management system (QMS).’, Hungary, 28 – 29 March 2023
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘External Quality Assurance at provider level and at programme level: parameters and methodology’, Belgium (FL), 30 – 31 March 2023
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Improved self-evaluation on VET Provider level based on a critical attitude, involvement of and dialogue with stakeholders, transparency, use of data, occurring from a quality culture’, Netherlands, 17 – 19 April 2023
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘QA of the mechanisms established for the quality assurance of the design, assessment and review of qualifications’, Romania, 25 – 26 April 2023
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Review and Assessment of a proposed QA Methodology concerning IVET Study Programs’, Greece, 4 – 5 May 2023
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Implementation of the new EQA Provider Manual of Procedures and provider’s self-assessment’, Malta, 16 – 17 May 2023
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Stakeholder involvement in the Quality Assurance on system level, especially the involvement of stakeholders into the evaluation process and monitoring on system level’: Slovenia, 31 May – 2 June 2023
  • EQAVET Annual Network Meeting, Sweden, 15 – 16 June 2023
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Evaluation of the EQAVET implementation process by the VET providers’, Portugal, 27 – 28 July 2023

Previous activities (2022)

  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Quality EQAVET Model for Spain’: 30 – 31 March 2022
  • EQAVET Annual Network Meeting: 9 – 10 June 2022
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Linking the initial and continuing vocational education and training’: Czech Republic, 13 – 14 June 2022
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘A quality system as the system for quality assurance in VET’ (working title): Latvia, 21 – 22 September 2022 
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Improving the monitoring of VET at governance level by implementing a dashboard based on up-to-date data on recent IVET graduates’: Luxembourg, 13 – 14 October 2022
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Quality Assurance in the dual system in IVET’: Italy, 26 – 27 October 2022
  • EQAVET Peer Learning Activity ‘Quality Assurance of micro-credentials in VET’: Online, 8 – 9 November 2022
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Quality Assurance in CVET/professional further education’: Germany, 14 – 15 November 2022
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Validation of the system of validation of non-formal and informal learning’: Slovakia, 22 – 23 November 2022 
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘Self-assessment of VET providers’: Croatia, 1 – 2 December 2022
  • EQAVET Peer Review ‘To evaluate the quality assurance process of the national qualification requirements development of EDUFI’: Finland (online), 7 – 8 December 2022 

EQAVET newsletter

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Read previous editions of the EQAVET newsletter below:


Newsletter 30 March 2023


Newsletter 15 December 2022

Newsletter 15 September 2022

Newsletter 2 April 2022

Newsletter 1 February 2022


Newsletter 20 December 2019

Newsletter 19 June 2019


Newsletter 18 December 2018 

Newsletter 17 June 2018


Newsletter 16 December 2017 

Newsletter 15 June 2017 

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