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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 existing 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:

  • 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 ‘Improving the monitoring of VET at governance level by implementing a dashboard based on up-to-date data on recent IVET graduates’ (working title): Luxembourg, 13 – 14 September 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 ‘Quality assurance of VET curricula reform’ (working title): Bulgaria, 18 – 19 October 2022
  • EQAVET Peer Learning Activity (topic to be confirmed): October 2022
  • EQAVET Webinar (topic to be confirmed): December 2022

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