Title Transnational Quality Project - Quality Guidelines for Providers of Vocational Education and Training
Project Number D/06/B/F/PP-146 579
Product QUALITY GUIDELINES and Compendium with implementation aids of the QG
Title QUALITY GUIDELINES and Compendium with implementation aids of the QG
Product Type transparency and certification
Marketing Text Until now, there have been no quality standards or guidelines for co-operation in international training. The QUALITY GUIDELINES make up for this deficit.
Coping with education and training requirements has become a core problem of economic development. Most countries are experiencing an increase in demand for services in adult education, especially for vocational education and training (VET) and career-related courses. At the same time, ever-more knowledge is required and life-long learning is recognised as crucial. These trends underscore the growing importance of transnational cooperation to ensure cost-effectiveness and variety, not to mention the quality of VET on offer.
The transnational nature of VET and the cross-border mobility of workers require comparable procedures in the quality assurance systems used in initial and continuing training. Existing quality management systems in educational institutions, like the ISO 9001:2000 used by education providers, the EFQM model, and the QM STAGE MODEL (PAS 1037:2004), contain no rules on foreign involvement by education providers.
The QUALITY GUIDELINES expand the QM STAGE MODEL defined in PAS 1037:2004 for business-oriented organizations providing initial and continuing VET to include approaches and requirements for a quality-based design of transnational education processes, including structures/potential and results (education offers/ services). This will promote transparency for national and international users.
Target group Education service providers, learners, human resource manager in enterprises, international companies and organisations
Transnational education entails crossing cultural, linguistic, legislative, national and often intercontinental boundaries. It is an extremely complex task to adapt and harmonize different systems that operate on such different premises and with such different points of reference. Intercultural competence combined with transparent education offers, processes and results plus accepted minimum standards helps to make transnational education more effective.
The QUALITY GUIDELINES
• are aimed at improving the learning framework for international educational cooperation. By laying a solid foundation for mutual trust, they contribute to the convergence of the European education systems.
• are intended to ensure that a proper balance is struck between the legitimate interests of the parties involved in transnational educational cooperation.
• supplement the QM STAGE MODEL to provide a frame of reference for quality assurance in and evaluation of transnational education projects, cooperation arrangements, and qualifications/certificates.
• make a contribution to “consumer protection” for learners, employers and other stakeholders by promoting the transparency and binding nature of learning offers and by recognising skills and qualifications.
• promote transnational cooperation in vocational education and training (VET) by helping to remove obstacles to vocational and geographical mobility and by opening access to life-long learning.
Implementation assistance was compiled for the QUALITY GUIDELINES and published in a compendium. This compendium covers typical problems and recommendations for quality development and assurance as deduced from scientific knowledge and practical experience in international educational cooperation. It contains a range of methods and tools from management practice as well as useful aids for a systematic and target oriented approach. A comprehensive table with further information and additions to the requirements and guidelines constitutes the core of this compendium.
Area of application
Users of vocational training are provided with a QM system with a distinct transnational orientation. QUALITY GUIDELINES are directly integrated into quality assurance measures, thus expanding quality standards in a region or industy and improving QM for training specific to the various industries.
Generally applicable for market-oriented education service providers. Can be adapted to other education institutions.