Title Learning Outcomes in Quality in Education and Training
Project Number 2012-1-PL1-LEO05-27444
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project LOQUET supports the improvements in quality and innovation in vocational education and training institutions and practices, facilitating the transfer of innovative practices in the field of vocational education and training from Greece to Poland, Cyprus, Sweden, France, Hungary and Germany improving the transparency and recognition of qualifications and competencies.
Recently the issue of quality management has been applied to almost every sphere of professional activities, including education. The quality in education and training affects on the one hand the operation of the organisation, management, cost efficiency, etc and on the other hand the organization's product, i.e. the relevance, quality and impact of learning outcomes. However, the significant experience in quality management that is already mature in the business world is often neglected in education sector. Therefore there is a need to exploit good practices in the field of quality management from business sector and transfer them to VET, respecting the particularities and the existing regulatory framework of EQARF/EQAVET. Furthermore, as there is a growing concern over implementation of ECVET at system level and in practice, the training on quality management presents an ideal field for the implementation of the ECVET instruments, as parts of the learning outcomes of the training can be acquired through working experience, in-service training, IVET, CVET or VET courses in other sectors. The LOQUET project aims to cover these needs by transferring innovative results of previous LLP LdV projects on quality management from SMEs to VET sectors in PL, CY, SE, FR, HU and DE.
The main aims and objectives of the LOQUET project are:
1) to capitalise previous innovative results on quality management systems training in small businesses and transferring them in VET sectors,
2) to develop the competencies of the quality managers of VET institutions, so as to be able to design, implement, evaluate and review effective quality management systems in their institutions,
3) to contribute to developments in EQAVET, by adopting the proposed training course and materials to the requirements of the EQARF recommendation,
4) to contribute to developments in ECVET, by developing a unit based training course, expressed in terms of transferable learning outcomes.
The adaptation and transfer process will be assured by the participation of 7 partners from 7 EU countries. The partnership includes diverse entities: university, consulting companies, VET providers and VET association.
The outcomes are the following:
1) analysis of current practices and institutional requirements related to quality assurance in VET,
2) a competence profile of the quality manager of a VET institution,
3) a training course in units of learning outcomes,
4) a training curriculum transferring previous products and based on analysis results and the competence profile,
5) training materials (handbook, CDs, case studies),
6) report on ECVET implementation,
7) a website for the on-line access to all project results and informative materials.
The project will have an impact in 7 countries. In the short term, the project will contribute to the capacity building of quality assurance managers in VET institutions. In the long term it will make a contribution to quality assurance systems.
During last decades the issue of quality management has been applied to almost every sphere of human professional activities. This also refers to education, as a way to ensure an adequate level of teaching, ultimately resulting in favourable position of learners in labour markets. Just like in business, competitive factors in education are becoming increasingly important in the globalising world. The quality in education and training affects on one hand the operation of the organisation, business processes, management, supplies, human resources, cost efficiency, etc., and on the other hand the product of the organisation, i.e. the relevance, quality and impact of learning outcomes.
The most dominant and widely recognised quality management system in the business world remains the ISO 9000 quality management system series, developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation, and adopted by the majority of National Organisations for Standardisation (i.e. BS EN ISO 9001:2008, DIN EN ISO 9001 etc).
The European Recommendation on the establishment of a European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for Vocational Education and Training (EQARF recommendation, 2009) set the framework for the capitalisation of previous work of European Commission, Cedefop and Member States in the theme of Quality Assurance in VET. EQAVET, the reference framework aims to encompass different approaches and practices in Member States, assuring minimum requirements. EQAVET proposes quality criteria following the Demming cycle (planning, implementation, evaluation and review) thus it follows the philosophy of business quality standards.
The recent years, there is a lot of work at European level, related to EQAVET, however, the significant experience in quality management that is already mature in the business world is often neglected. There is a need to exploit good practices in the field of quality management from other business sectors and transfer them to VET, respecting the particularities and the existing regulatory framework.
The ECVET recommendation (2009) sets as target the year 2012 for the gradual implementation of ECVET at system level and in practice. The training on quality management presents an ideal field for the implementation of the ECVET instruments, as parts of the learning outcomes of the training can be acquired through working experience, in-service training, IVET, CVET or higher VET courses in other sectors.
The objectives of the project are:
1. to analyse the existing material, the requirements of EQAVET as well as current practices related to quality assurance in VET, in the partners countries, deriving from institutional and regulatory requirements,
2. to develop the competence profile of the quality manager of a VET institution and express the required knowledge, skills, and competencies (learning outcomes),
3. to design and test a training course, in units of learning outcomes, based on the existing material and taking into account the competence profile of the quality manager of a VET institution,
4. to identify transferable units of learning outcomes, across formal, non-formal and informal training, across EQF levels and across business sectors and assign ECVET points.
The structure of the consortium includes:
- project co-ordination and management: Chodkowska University of Management and Law (Poland)
- expert partner, the initiator of the transfer of innovation and the coordinator of the transferred QMS project: IDEC (Greece)
- partners in the target countries that will receive the adapted versions of materials for implementation in their training activities and for distributing them to respective users:
Intercollege (Cyprus), FOLK (Sweden), Fondespierre Ressources Humaines (France), TREBAG (Hungary), VHS Cham (Germany).
The project workplan and division of tasks between the partners is structured into seven individual, inter-related workpackages, each with clearly identifiable objectives, partners' responsibilities, activities, results and resources:
1. Project Management
2. Analysis phase
3. Development of competence profile
4. Design of a training course and training material
5. Pilot testing and ECVET
7. Quality assurance and evaluation
Each partner is designated to lead one workpackage. The workplan is elaborated in accordance with partners’ resources (experience, organizational capacities, networking) and projects aims, impact, dissemination, quality assurance and sustainability.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
The products of LOQUET project are listed below:
1. Analysis report
2. Competence profile
3. Training curriculum
4. Training handbook
4. Case studies
5. Pilot courses
6. Report on ECVET implementation
7. Report on pilot courses
9. Dissemination materials (brochures. posters, leaflets)
10. Advertisements, press releases, conference presentations/papers
11. National dissemination seminars
12. Final transnational dissemination conference
13. Quality management report
14. Evaluation report