Title Operational model of "Common Quality Assurance Framework" at VET-provider level
Project Number 2009-1-SE1-LEO05-02267
Product Guidelines for QA in VET
Title Guidelines for QA in VET
Product Type CD-ROM
Marketing Text Quality initiatives focused on the essential
Description CQAF-VET model distinguishes 12 themes each with 2 or more indicators per theme (28 indicators in total). Each indicator has been described at 4 different levels of development. A distinction is made in organizations that function at level 1 up to the level 4 which describes organizations that “breath” with their environment and thus have fully integrated their planning, production, supportive an development processes.
Target group VET providers
The model specifically supports quality development and quality assurance for organizations that provide vocational education and training. The focus of the model is only on those themes (and their related underlying processes) that are considered important for education and training. Themes that are recognized as being relevant by providers of education and training across Europe.
Therefore the model explicitly focuses each theme and its related indicators on outcome and purpose, respecting context, stakeholders and clients, and on continuous evaluation in general.
In Quality Assurance an organization is asked to provide evidence to a third independent party (f.e. an external assessor, the Inspectorate etc. ) to give prove of their quality. This model is written in the same way. For each indicator at each level the organization is asked whether one can give evidence (to a third party) that one is indeed acting at a certain level. Reflection on the potential evidence that is available will contribute to the preparation of organizations to meet national or regional criteria.
Area of application
The model can be used as a kind of self assessment tool for QA. Organizations that take their customers and stakeholders seriously can use the self assessment questionnaire to assesses whether they are able to comply to level 2 of this model or not. From this questionnaire feedback at indicator level will provide them with information for further development of their QA policy. Keep in mind that meeting a certain level requires meeting also all evidence of the one(s) below that level! Thus a higher level should always incorporate all lower ones.
Although the model distinguishes 4 different levels of quality assurance, this does not mean that each organization should be able to meet level 4 for all themes and indicators. Regional as well as national circumstances, rules and requirements may by their nature require attention at level 1, 2 or 3 for some (or even all) indicators.