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The results are in! Most VET providers in Finland have a functional quality management system

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In a report prepared by the Finnish Education Evaluation Center (Karvi in Finnish), 71% of vocational education and training providers in Finland have a quality management system in order. The results of a national self-evaluation of VET providers were released in June and the collective report in early November. The self-evaluation was conducted by Finnish Education Evaluation Center, partly in collaboration with the Finnish National Board of Education. This was the first time such an assessment of the state of quality management systems in vocational education in Finland was carried out.

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Bequal.net brochure

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We have created a comprehensive overview of the benefits organisations may gain when joining the project bequal.net and included them in the brochure.

It is available in all partner languages. You just have to change the language of this page in order to see them. To see the brochure in english, click here. If you have any questions, brochure indicates every country`s national contact information.

KOŠŤÁLOVÁ, Hana et al. Description of the good school. Prague: Helping schools to the success of the l. t. d., 2010. - in Czech language

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KOŠŤÁLOVÁ, Hana et al. Description of the good school. Prague: Helping schools to the success of the l. t. d., 2010. The text was produced in the preparatory phase of the project Helping schools to success in the year of 2010. Team: Vít  Beran, David Greger,  Martin  Chvál, Hana Košťálová, Jiřina Majerová, Šárka Miková, Jana Straková, Bohumil Zmrzlík. The text can be used in the framework of the project the Clinical school, which implements the Pedagogical faculty of the Charles University in Prague, and only for non-commercial purposes in the framework of the named project.

Link:
http://www.zskunratice.cz/files/users/2/tiny_browser_files/files/pprs/pprs_13-14/ivq/6-popis_dobre_skoly-pro_ks.pdf

European Peer Review Manual for initial VET

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European Peer Review Manual for initial VET. This material was developed within the Leonardo da Vinci „Peer Review as an Instrument for Quality Assurance and Improvement in initial VET“ (AT/04/C/F/TH-82000) project.

Link:

http://www.peer-review-education.net/calimero/tools/proxy.php?id=12441

 

Qualitative report from the project QALLL – Czech translations of the part of the project

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Qualitative report from the project QALLL – Czech translations of the part of the project – it is not possible to download

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http://docplayer.cz/1679479-Kvalitativni-zprava-z-projektu-qalll-cesky-preklad-uvodu-metodologie-a-zaveru.html

QUALL Recommendations in the Czech language

Link:
http://www.qalll.net/fileadmin/lll/dateien/lebenslanges_lernen_pdf_word_xls/querschnitt/qalll/2013/qalll_recommendations_czech.pdf

The methodology for the director for the planning and evaluation of professional development for teachers - in Czech language

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The methodological guide is addressed to directors and other members of the pedagogical leadership of schools as a guide in fulfilling one of the important tasks – the care of the pedagogical development entrusted to the schools and the associated professional development of teachers. This methodology should help the managers of the school to fulfil their role in the professional development of teachers through the career system of teachers and standard of teachers. The manual is focused on the role and responsibility of school management in improving the quality of educational work of the school and professional development for teachers so, how does it provide for the binding of school documents.

Link:
http://docplayer.cz/919212-Metodika-pro-reditele-k-planovani-a-hodnoceni-profesniho-rozvoje-ucitelu.html

Transnational meeting of project Bequal.net in Finland

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Hello everybody!

We have recently returned from our third partnership meeting that took place in premises of Finnish Quality Association in Espoo, Finland.

Work-wise it was very productive and efficient, while it also helped us to build our partnership little stronger. We agreed on several important points for upcoming months, so you are kindly invited to visit our website www.bequal.info that is now available also in Czech, Finnish and Latvian languages. I hope you will find there information of your interest such as good practices.

Later in Autumn we will be pleased to present you adapted version of the Benchmarking tool that VET organizations can use to evaluate their performance in regard to EQAVET criteria, as well as compare it to other organizations. There will also be informative workshops organized in each country for introduction of the tool.

In order not to miss out on all of this, you may follow us on FACEBOOK .

 

BEQUAL continues..

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Hello to our loyal followers of the page, as well as to new visitors. We are proud to announce that BEQUAL is nowhere in history and we have received support from Erasmus+ programme to transfer our tool to 3 new countries – Latvia, Czech Republic and Finland.

It means we will improve the tool and adapt it to the most recent EQAVET requirements for you to be able to evaluate your performance in the framework of 4 phases of EQAVET quality cycle – Planning, Implementation, Evaluation and Review. Tool will be available for new and already registered organizations.

Meanwhile, we invite you to visit our page more often to find more about the progress of the project, to join our community by adding a good practice of yours or simply read some interesting news in regard to Quality in VET.

 

QUADRAT Transnational Conference on 12/12/2014 in Athens, Greece

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IDEC S.A. has the honour the invite you to participate in the transnational conference:

QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN ADULT EDUCATION AND TRAINING ORGANISATIONS

organised on Friday 12 December at 9:30 am, at ALBA GRADUATE BUSINESS SCHOOL (Xenias 6, Athens).

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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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QUADRAT training of quality staff in Budapest Hungary, 27-31 October 2014

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Dates: 27-31 October 2014
Location: NETMEX, Budapest, Hungary
Training language: English

The training will focus on both the quality management in adult learning organisations and the use of the QUADRAT software. The contents of the training are:

  • Characteristics of adult learning organizations
  • Quality management in adult learning organizations (EQAVET, EFQM, CAF, ISO 9001, ISO 29990)
  • ISO 9001 & ISO 29990 in detail
  • Steps to implement a quality management system
  • Exercises and case studies
  • Demonstration and pilot testing of the software

The participation to the training is free.

For registrations please complete our online form or contact NETMEX.

QUADRAT Training of quality staff in Piraeus Greece, 6-10 October 2014

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Dates: 6-10 October 2014
Location: IDEC office, Piraeus, Greece
Training language: English

The training will focus on both the quality management in adult learning organisations and the use of the QUADRAT software. The contents of the training are:

  • Characteristics of adult learning organizations
  • Quality management in adult learning organizations (EQAVET, EFQM, CAF, ISO 9001, ISO 29990)
  • ISO 9001 & ISO 29990 in detail
  • Steps to implement a quality management system
  • Exercises and case studies
  • Demonstration and pilot testing of the software

The participation to the training is free.

For registration please complete our online form, or contact IDEC.

Dates: 6-10 October2014
Location: IDEC office, Piraeus, Greece
Training language: English

The training will focus on both the quality management in adult learning organisations and the use of the QUADRAT software. The contents of the training are:

  • Characteristics of adult learning organizations
  • Quality management in adult learning organizations (EQAVET, EFQM, CAF, ISO 9001, ISO 29990)
  • ISO 9001 in detail
  • Steps to implement a quality management system
  • Exercises and case studies
  • Demonstration and pilot testing of the software

The participation to the training is free.

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

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