West Lothian College gain best practice through a new International project

A partnership of six Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers from the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Scotland and Finland joined in Portugal on the 27th and 28th of September for the kick-off meeting of QMS4VET project.

The partnership consists of VET organizations representing a wide variety of European regions. All partners are focused on improving their quality in order to deliver the best possible education, but all using different approaches.

The objectives of the project are:

- Improving individual QMS by sharing best practices of all partners QMS in order to focus on the VET providers' operational level and provide the needed support on a practical level.

- Supporting the implementation of the most adequate QMS elements as a basis to further integrate the learning outcomes (ECVET approach) as part of the quality assurance systems in future projects. This will contribute for a common understanding of each other's QMS to provide a sustainable partnership for development of joint ECVET units in the future.

During the project, partners will organize project weeks in order to show how its own quality approach works in practice. This methodology will allow partner's experts to discuss, analyze and evaluate best practices in detail integrated in the tool kit to be developed.

 

Partners:

Stichting Regionaal Opleidingen Centrum Aventus (Netherlands) - Coordinator

ATEC - Associação de Formação para a Industria (Portugal)

BBS Syke EUROPASCHULE (Germany)

bit Schulungscenter GmbH (Austria)

West Lothian College (Scotland)

Kainuun ammattiopisto (Finland)

 

Context/background:

The improvements, developments and recommendations that have been done at European and national levels regarding quality assurance and the learning outcomes approach, still are in the need of improving transparency and comparability of qualifications to support coherent credit systems. Although, less attention has been given to the operational level where the action really takes place: The VET providers level.

Objectives of the project:

We want to improve our individual QMS by sharing best practices of all partners QMS in order to focus on the VET providers' operational level and provide the needed support on a practical level.

A second objective of this partnership is to support the implementation of the most adequate QMS elements as a basis to further integrate the learning outcomes (ECVET approach) as part of the quality assurance systems in a future project. We believe we need a common understanding of each other's QMS to provide a sustainable partnership for development of joint ECVET units in the future.

Number and profile of the participants:

The partnership will consist of VET organizations representing a wide variety of European regions. All partners are focused on improving their quality in order to deliver the best possible education, but all using different approaches.

Description of activities and methodology to be used in carrying out the project:

During the project, partners will organize project weeks in order to show how its own quality approach works in practice. This methodology will allow partner's experts to discuss, analyze and evaluate best practices in detail integrated in the tool kit to be developed.

Results and impact:

The project will deliver the following results, with direct impact on the participating organizations:

- One main Intellectual Output (IO) - the Quality Management Toolkit - made available for other organizations.

- Different staffs with gained competences resulting from several training activities in the form of job shadowing to be handled during the Project Weeks.

- A new partnership of VET providers focused on quality that are willing to develop new and innovative projects that could contribute for the increase in quality performance of European VET providers and VET systems.

Potential longer term benefits:

The outcomes of this project together with the dissemination activities will stimulate other parties to work on their quality assurance systems, contributing to aware others to this important issue. Hopefully, this will be achieved, as all partners work very close to the district/regional/national bodies responsible for the quality assurance in VET to make the results available to other providers.

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