QUALECO

Qualité et Développement durable pour les organismes de formation professionnelle

Quality and sustainable development for vocational education and training (VET) organisations

The European Union aims at fostering European training systems in order to become a global benchmark in 2010 and particularly promotes the improvement of quality and attractiveness of vocational education and training. The European Quality Assurance Reference Framework for VET (CERAQ) recommends criteria and indicators to continuously enhance teaching and training systems and defines a common basis.

Politics of cohesion are based on the priorities of the Lisbon Agenda on the one hand and on priorities adopted in Gothenburg on the other: Sustainable development shall be socially equitable, economically viable and ecologically responsible.

In order to anticipate these future demands, it is necessary to further develop current quality concepts by considering challenges of sustainable development and by designing the frame of a new reference framework.

All European partners of QUALECO are engaged in quality assurance processes. They have initiated a dialogue on sustainable development in VET with policy makers and employees of relevant institutions and have developed appropriate measures.

QUALECO is targeted at improving European structures in order to facilitate the consideration of sustainable development in quality management processes. The development of the project comprises four stages:

  1. Analysing and understanding quality systems with regards to CERAQ and identifying the challenges of sustainable development
  2. Developing a handbook for self-diagnosis in the field of sustainable development and working out a plan for continuous improvement
  3. Testing of developed tools
  4. Optimising the transfer and application of the products by other organizations, employees in VET organisations and social partners.
EU-Program: LLP, Leonardo Multilateral Projects
Coordination: GIE IRFA, Montpellier (FRA)
Contact: Karin Kronika, Helmut Kronika
Duration: December 2009 – November 2011
EU - Partner für lebenslanges Lernen This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.