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transnational quality project - quality guidelines for providers of vocational education and training

For vocational education and further education schemes, there is a need for a high quality navigation system to facilitate controlling of the education services as regards content, method and organization as well as for a reliable self control and the management of the education service provider. The European quality dimension of the labour and education market needs also cross-border practice standards for the quality development of the education service providers, in correlation with the Common Quality Assurance Framework. Cross-border mobility of employees and transnational education projects require comparable quality standards in the fields of education and further education. Keeping this in mind, the pilot project will develop QUALITY GUIDELINES which are meant to define requirements for a transnational quality management system for business oriented vocational training organisations, and they define minimum standards as regards content and determine methods of quality inspection (external audit and self-test). QUALITY GUIDELINES focus on both, processes as well as structures and results (education offers and services). The pilot project involves partners from EU countries with different quality assurance experiences. In the project different quality experiences of the European partners (framework conditions, methods, standards) will be compared and aggregated to an experience oriented knowledge base, following the Common Quality Assurance Framework. Using this as a basis, the requirements of a practice model shall be described and the model be tested. Different levels shall be possible. The implementation shall be compared transnationally and examined scientifically. The work aims at facilitating a consensus in respect of quality and at drawing up a report on the analysed need for European regulation. In addition to QUALITY GUIDELINES, an internet supported Competence Center will be developed. This virtual quality workshop that can be used transnationally shall be made available for information exchange and shall make the results accessible also to other users of the working platform.
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