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First version of Quality Instruments released by the project Qual4T

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The European project Quality for Teachers (Qual4T), led by the Dutch training organisation Lanstede, released the first version of the quality toolkit. The quality toolkit addresses teachers and trainers in VET and includes 33 quality instruments categorised in 7 areas. The quality instruments can be used by vocational teachers and trainers to support them in the whole process of teaching from planning to implementation and evaluation of class, courses and lessons. In the next phase of the project, the quality instruments will be pilot tested in the partners countries and the new revised version of the toolking will be available in 2015.

Overview of all the toolkit Instruments:

A.   Raising Awareness

1.     Quality: what does this have to do with me?

2.     Quality is … “136 Random Thoughts on Quality”

3.     Dream Session: What will your institution and educational programmes look like in 2025?

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EXPANDVET final conference in Kaunas, Lithuania

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More than 80 people (partners from Greece, Austria and Poland, members of Lithuanian vocational training institutions and social partners) participated in the project final conference in Kaunas, 11-09-2014.

The president of Kaunas CICC Benjaminas Žemaitis said that vocational training is very important for main companies of the country, especially in manufacturing sector.

Kaunas CICC VET department chief specialist and project manager Aušra Giedrienė presented results of the project and gave a short introduction to EQAVET system.

Main project product is website www.bequal.info (translated into 12 languages), which is dedicated to practical issues on quality assurance in VET. Important part of this portal is benchmarking tool, which gives an advantage for every VET institution to see their weakness and strengths at organizational, national and European level.

Nijole Deksnienė the president of Association of Lithuania Innovative Vocational Training Institutions presented testing of benchmarking tool process in Lithuania, Poland, Austria and UK. 125 VET institutions in Austria, Lithuania, Poland and UK tested benchmarking tool. After the testing the tool was improved and updated.

EFVET secretary, Head of International Studies and Relations at Marijampole College, Rasa Zygmantaite stressed out that it is very important to analyze quality process, especially in relation with human resources.

 

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Karalius Mindaugos Vocational Training Centre

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With a brand new site serving the needs of students for practice, Koralius Mindaugos Vocational Training Centre provides quality vocational training and on-the-job training. The three store establishment, situated in the centre of Kaunas, next to the Acropolis shopping centre, provides working facilities for a number of professions, where the students can have on-the-job training with real clients. The facility includes:
• a florist centre, consisting of a laboratory, an assembling room, a display room, where clients can order flowers and flower creations. The students deliver the final product working in the different steps of the whole process from flower conservation, selection, preparation, assembling and finishing

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Projekto „Profesinio mokymo kokybės užtikrinimo sistemų tobulinimas (lyginamosios analizės įrankis)“ baigiamosios konferencijos

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Lithuanian employers support introduction of compulsory maths exam

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Businesspeople have expressed their support to the decision made by Minister of Education and Science Dainius Pavalkis to make mathematics examination compulsory starting 2016 to those entering higher education institutions. Business representatives have also noted the need to enhance development of practical competences of specialists.

Such position was relayed by Danas Arlauskas, director general of the Lithuanian Business Employers' Association, who met with the minister of education and science.

The meeting focused on more effective organisation of placements and the necessity to prepare employees of new specialities. Employers offered to actively participate in the process of preparing the needed specialists.

This year, the Ministry of Education and Science has signed agreements with associated institutions and companies of various economy fields: the Association of Restaurants and Hotels, the Association of Lithuanian Aviation Employees, IT company GetJar Baltic and the Infobalt association.

A deal was reached to cooperate solving issues related to legal regulation of vocational education, organisation of vocational education seeking to satisfy the demands of the labour market, practical training, apprenticeship forms, occupational guidance, etc.

http://en.delfi.lt/lithuania/economy/lithuanian-employers-support-introduction-of-compulsory-maths-exam.d?id=65506398#ixzz3Ee3tyIDL

 

Opinions of European Union citizens about education and training and its quality

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The Eurobarometer survey was carried out in all 28 Member States between 26 April and 11 May where 28 000 people from different social and demographic groups were interviewed face-to-face. The survey provided important data on a number of issues that are relevant to current policies on education and skills in Europe. The survey highlights EU citizens’ attitudes towards the education that they have received and the priorities for education and training in their country, as well as their views on the most important aspects of education, and the main skills that education can provide. The survey was ran as a part of European Commission consultation on the European Area of Skills and Qualifications.

The main findings of this Eurobarometer survey on skills and qualifications are as follows:
• The most important aspects of education relate to individual teachers, in particular the teacher’s ability to engage and motivate students. This is also the area seen as needing the most improvement. The other aspects of education that are seen as in most need of improvement are learning environments that stimulate students’ creativity and curiosity (41%) and practical work experience with a company or organisation (37%).
• EU citizens acknowledge that various skills can be obtained outside of formal education, most notably foreign language skills and skills that can be used in different jobs. EU citizens think that basic skills (e.g. reading and writing, and numeracy) are the most important type of skill that education provides. This is chosen by 62% of respondents, ahead of the other types of skill included in the question: job-specific skills (34%), skills that can be used in different jobs (30%), specialised skills in specific subjects (26%) and foreign language skills (24%).

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New project approved

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Following the termination of the project EXPANDVET, a new project has been approved in the framework of Erasmus+ KA2 strategic partnerships projects for VET. Bequal.net the new project is led by the Latvian Society for Quality while the other partners are IDEC from Greece, Suomen Laatuyhdistys ry from Finland and the Educational Association from Czech Republic.
With Bequal.net the benchmarking tool and bequal platform will be available in Latvian, Czech and Finnish languages, expanding the BEQUAL presence in countries.
In the following two years the users will increase and will surpass the 500 users from more than half of Member States.

Quality assurance challenges synergies between European tools

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Cedefop Director James Calleja praised Malta’s efforts to draft a national quality assurance framework for further and higher education based on the Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European higher education area (ESG) and a European quality assurance in VET (EQAVET) perspective.

Mr Calleja was one of three ‘international critical friends’ invited by Malta’s National Commission for Further and Higher Education to address a consultation conference on 25 July. Over 165 participants discussed the draft framework, which includes elements of both the ESG and the EQAVET principles.

In his address, the Cedefop Director spoke about the holistic approach of the framework policy, aiming at a quality culture that cuts across vocational training and training (VET) and higher education (HE). He referred to its added value of permeability between VET and HE and its link to other European tools.

Mr Calleja said that with synergies between European tools being challenged by practice in actual education and training situations, quality assurance is an important bridge that links the learning outcomes approach, the credit system, the certificate supplement and the multidimensional role of the national qualifications framework.

The framework is ‘a tangible attempt at building trust in Malta’s qualification system at national, European and global scale; it predetermines sound, robust qualifications based on a learning outcomes approach, which in VET’s case should take occupational standards into account; it establishes a forum for sharing expertise and experience from different educational sectors and quality control of qualifications at national level, as well as a point of reference and a referencing device.’

Mr Calleja called the document a laudable example of how European tools can generate synergy, of how the text itself communicates a culture that stakeholders could find noteworthy in their efforts to attract more learners to VET and HE, of how a quality culture is built more effectively and nationwide and for quality agencies to be at all times in a learning ‘mode’ to implement the framework policy better.

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Building European VET – Time to move on, Thessaloniki, 29-30 September 2014

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Cedefop and the European Commission (DG EAC) are organising a conference to present the findings of Cedefop’s new vocational education and training (VET) report. This report reviews developments in the deliverables set for 2014 and progress with the long-term objectives for VET agreed by Ministers, social partners, associated and candidate countries in the Bruges Communiqué. It also includes information by ETF on progress that candidate countries have made in these areas.

During the event, debates with stakeholders on progress, obstacles, bottlenecks and positive experiences will help identify lessons that can be learnt from the current sets of priorities and short-term deliverables. These lessons should feed into the reflections of Director Generals and the EU-level Advisory Committee for Vocational Training on how to strengthen European cooperation on VET (within the framework of the so-called Copenhagen process and the Bruges Communiqué). To help foster policy learning, the conference will feature small group discussions on areas where progress has been more limited.

The conference is addressed to high-level European and national policy makers for VET and VET-related fields, social partners, Cedefop’s reference network for VET (ReferNet), experts/researchers as well representatives of training providers and learners.

Cedefop will cover the expenses for speakers, moderators and rapporteurs.
Participation is by invitation only.

A detailed agenda and information concerning registration will be published on Cedefop’s website soon (http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/events/24157.aspx).

For more information, please contact the organisers at Vetconference2014@cedefop.europa.eu

Source: >http://www.eqavet.eu/gns/news/latest-news/14-07-21/Building_European_VET_%E2%80%93_Time_to_move_on_Thessaloniki_29-30_September_2014.aspx

National conference in Greece

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IDEC hold a national conference on the 10th of July 2014 in Piraeus with the title “Quality assurance and Benchmarking for Vocational Education and Training organisations”. The conference attracted 14 participants mainly VET providers.
The conference started with a welcome and an introduction by Mrs. Sofia Spiliotopoulou, the General Manager of IDEC SA. The speakers presented their topics while the participants were encouraged to interrupt and ask questions during the presentations. Vivid discussions were initiated, mainly in the topics of European policies and how these are introduced to Greek landscape and on practical implementation of quality policies in the reality of VET schools and centres.
Some participants were interested in specific issues (e.g. recognition of qualifications, vocational guidance to schools, cooperation between schools and businesses) that were discussed in small groups during the buffet. Some new co-operations and projects are expected to emerge as a consequence of the conference.

NELLIP National Workshops in Lithuania

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18 October 2013, 21 February and 14 March: those are the dates in which Public Service Language Centre organized its NELLIP National Workshops in Lithuania. Workshops participants worked in small groups and defined a specific improvement plans addressed to language initiatives and projects.

Other:
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http://eskills2013.eu/fileadmin/monitor2013/documents/Country_Reports/Country_Report_Lithuania.pdf

Source:

http://nellip.pixel-online.org/news_archive.php

Conference on Vocational Education and Training

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Location:
Conference centre "Radisson SAS Blu", Konstitucijos av. 20,Vilnius

Event dates:
From 12.11.2013 to 13.11.2013

The topics and agenda of the conference on matters of vocational training, hosted during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will be closely related to the topics analysed and issues discussed at the meeting of directors, which are responsible for vocational training. Just as with the meeting of directors, this conference will discuss methods promoting open vocational training.

 

On-line conference. The roundtable: “The Quality of Education in the Republic of Belarus”.

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The Quality of education in Belarus will be the topic of the roundtable in the press center BELTA , which will be held on 19 March from 12.30 to 13.30 .

In anticipation of the I International Education Forum “European Quality education” (EQE-Forum), which will be held in Minsk in April, experts will discuss current issues in higher education. It will focus mainly on quality control of higher and professional education, new integration opportunities and development of export education services, application of information technologies in the learning process and the development of distance learning, modern trends in the global higher education market and opportunities for receiving European education in Belarus.

The International Education Forum “European Quality Education ” will be held in Minsk from 8- 10 April

The Forum’s objective is to consolidate the efforts of institutions of higher, postgraduate and further (additional) education of the Republic of Belarus and the CIS countries, as well as institutions of higher and professional education of the European Union and the UK on key issues in improving the quality of specialists’ training for work in an era of global changes. The

Forum will be supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus , the Belarusian Embassy in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom Embassy of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Belarus . The organizers are British business school ” Magna Carta Oxford ” and GORUP ” Centre for International Relations .”

Context:
International Forum “European Quality Education ” will be held on 8-10 April in Minsk.
Strengthening practically oriented learning in higher education establishments will improve the quality of education.
In Belarus higher education is mostly feminized.

Source:

http://eqe-forum.com/mass-media/line-conference-roundtable-quality-education-republic-belarus.html

Meeting of Directors General for Vocational Education and Training

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Location:
Conference centre "Radisson SAS Blu", Konstitucijos av. 20, Vilnius

Event dates:
From 11.11.2013 to 12.11.2013

The meeting of directors responsible for vocational training usually takes place as part of the EU Presidency during the respective presidency period. Given the need to promote quality assurance and employment, the meeting of directors in Vilnius will discuss topics of the promotion of open vocational training. The meeting will also analyse issues of primary vocational training relevant to the EU, also pointing out the improved attraction of continuous vocational training, and the contribution of vocational training and guidance when dealing with issues of early educational drop-out.

See more at:

https://www.google.lt/?gws_rd=ssl#q=quality+in+vocational+education+conference+in+lithuania+2013

 

Dutch National Agency endorses BEQUAL benchmarking tool

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The Netherlands is one of the most active member states in the field of Quality assurance in VET and Dutch quality assurance systems in VET centres are very much elaborated as Quality is adherent to Dutch culture.
Therefore the inclusion of BEQUAL benchmarking tool in the collection of best practices for quality assurance in VET that was assembled by the National Agency for Lifelong Learning Programme is for outmost importance. BEQUAL tool has gained visibility in the Dutch VET system, even if it is not available in Dutch language. This fact proves the relevance and quality of the Bequal tool and presents an opportunity for further expansion in more EU countries.

Erasmus+ Programme Guide and Call for proposals

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Much has already been said while waiting for the famous Erasmus+, the European Union's new programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-2020.

Well now it's time to stop speculating and start studying: the Erasmus+ Programme Guide has been published!

Submission of applications start from end of January 2014 either to National Agencies or to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels.

Check out the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

ESF Conference

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ESF CONFERENCE “Tackling youth unemployment in Europe: building a better future for young people”

The Conference “Tackling youth unemployment in Europe: building a better future for young people”, was be held under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council on 14-15 November in Vilnius.

See more at:

http://esf.socmin.lt/index.php?2127460143

 

European vocational training – open, engaging, quickly responding to labour market

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The Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council is paying special attention to promoting vocational education and training (VET). Directors general responsible for VET in the EU member states, together with experts and social partners, have gathered in Vilnius to discuss how to enhance quality of vocational training, making VET directly meet the demands of the labour market, as well as promoting VET openess and inclusiviness to all.

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Quality assurance in VET Group in Linkedin

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This group aims to connect professionals working in the field of quality assurance in vocational education and training, managerial and administrative staff, teachers and trainers, consultants and researchers working in quality assurance.

The group members will exchange information, ideas and practices related to quality assurance, application of EQAVET and EFQM principles in their organisations, problems and pitfalls, suggestions for improvement, solutions.

While the group originates from the EU project BEQUAL, and its successors BEQUAL+ and EXPANDVET, it is open to everyone person working on the theme and wants to be part of our community.

Click here to get connected.

Evaluation of training: Lessons learned

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The evaluation of a training course is becoming a standard procedure; the training courses that are funded by European programmes or ESF have evaluation as a requirement, but it is expanding also in private funded training courses. Every training organization, more or less, has a procedure for the final evaluation of training courses. Typically, the evaluation is being done through an evaluation questionnaire. And then someone processes the questionnaires, analyses the results and provides suggestions and recommendations for improvement. Or at least, that is the way it should be…

I remember back in 2007, when we organized our first in-service training course for staff in adult education. Before that we had developed a large number of evaluation questionnaires for different purposes. But at that point, we decided to develop a standard questionnaire for our international training courses, one that we can use in every course and can help us improve ourselves. For the development of that evaluation questionnaire, we spent a lot of time. We worked in a team, to think about the aspects of the organization and delivery of the training course that we wanted to evaluate. There are so many things that we want to have the feedback of the trainees!! We want to know about the motivation of the trainees to choose our training course among so many others, we want to ask about the the quality of the training course and learning materials, for the trainers and for the social programme. We give particular emphasis to receive the comments of the participants, as with close questions we get the overall feeling but we cannot capture details. And we care very much about the details. We want to ask everything, but we also want a short questionnaire, so that people can fill-it-in in 5 minutes. We spent time to phrase carefully the questions, to revise the questionnaire again and again to make it short but comprehensive. And after using the questionnaire in that first evaluation course, we revised it once more.

Now, in every training course that we organize since then, we use the same standarised questionnaire. Therefore, we can compare results over time and improve our services continuously. With the time, we have improved many aspects of the training course and now we think that we have reached high quality standards.

Two weeks ago, we organized a five-days training course for a team of 10 women entrepreneurs and managers from the Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts in Lithuania. The group consisted of high qualified trainees; most of them had postgraduate degrees and extensive working experience in demanding positions. These women left their daily businesses for a week and they had high expectations from the training course. Our job was to deliver a high quality training course and provide also a social programme for first time visitors in Greece.

The evaluation showed an overall satisfaction, however, there were some points that were not so good and needed our attention. The points that were raised were not in our immediate influence: they complained about poor internet connection in the hotel and poor taxi services. The truth is that it was the first time to organize a training course in a hotel in Athens; we normally use our training room in Piraeus and we have a number of service providers including hotels, restaurants that we use and we trust. For this training course, we had selected a 4-star hotel in the centre of Athens, so that our hosts can minimize time spent on travelling and spend more time in sightseeing. The issue of the taxi drivers is known. We always inform our hosts that they should pay attention to taxi drivers.

Nevertheless, as a hosting organization, we need to keep our visitors satisfied in every aspect of their study visit. Therefore, following this experience, we have designed corrective actions for these two points, to minimize the same problems in the future.

  • Regarding the hotel, we have developed a check list and we will make sure that someone will pay a visit to the hotel to check everything before the organization of the training course.
  • Regarding the taxi services, we will provide our hosts information about taxi companies and the option to prebook a taxi waiting in the airport.
In a competitive and challenging market, we cannot afford to rest, we need to continuously improve our quality assurance procedures, focusing on the satisfaction of our clients. With this in mind, we have to take very seriously all comments and not-so-good evaluation rates, deal with every little detail and continuously improve our services.

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