VET quality for all: going beyond pilot projects

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VET quality for all: going beyond pilot projects


The webinar took place on 19 June 2013

Did you miss it? Listen to the recording online here:

Presentations: Sophie-Weisswange-presentationEQAVET webinar_Tiia Meuronen

Report: Webinar-19June-report


Many people in organisations have carried out a project or other initiative in the field of quality assurance. But what happens when the project is finished? How to make sure that people still feel committed to further develop quality after the project duration? How can we share and keep all our experiences, creating value on the long term? And how can we turn a “concept” into a “daily routine”?  Sustainability will only be reached if people share the same passion or interest and when people see the benefit and opportunities for use in their own context. As projects are context related, it is therefore also a challenge to see why good practices are working in a particular context and under which conditions they can be used in other contexts as well. How to scale up quality in VET programmes and make it accessible to all students? Setting up user communities and awareness raising activities can help in this perspective. 

  • What can be done to transfer and scale up successful Quality Assurance pilot projects?
  • How to guarantee that high quality in VET is generalized across places and sub-sectors?
  • What is the role of practitioners’ communities in generalizing quality?
  • How important is it to raise learners’ awareness on the VET quality criteria? How important is it that learners’ representatives participate in the technical and institutional processes where VET quality culture and procedures are defined and updated?

Speaker: Tiia Meuronen, Policy Officer of Vocational Education and Training (VET) of the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions –OBESSU

Tiia Meuronen’s knowledge of Vocational Education and Training covers several levels from the everyday life of a VET student to decision-making at European level, and comes from hands-on experience of VET as well as from policy-making. From 2010 until 2012 she acted as the vicechair of the Union of Vocational Students of Finland – SAKKI and in 2010 she finished her VET studies as a textile artisan. OBESSU – The Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions is the platform for cooperation between the national school student unions active in general secondary and secondary vocational education in Europe. It was founded in April 1975 in Dublin, Ireland and brings together member and observer organisations from more than 20 European countries. All member organisations are independent, national, representative and democratic school student organisations.

Speaker: Sophie Weisswange, Policy officer responsible for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training at the European Commission’s DG Education and Culture

Sophie Weisswange graduated from the ‘Institut d’Etudes Politiques’ of Strasbourg, the College of Europe in Bruges and holds a master in law from the Law University of Strasbourg. Administrator in the European Commission since 1994, she worked for more than 10 years in the field of human resources and in particular as training manager. There she helped develop the implementation of the administrative reform in particular in the field of continuous training for Commission’s staff. As head of section in the central training unit, she drafted the training strategic framework for the Commission and participated to the selection and accreditation process of teachers and trainers. As manager of the training unit of the translation service, she participated in the introduction of the Common assessment Framework in the translation service. Since 2008, she is responsible for the quality assurance of VET at European level and participated in the negotiations leading to the adoption of the EQAVET recommendation as well as to the setting up of the European governance in this area. 


Moderator: Claudio Dondi, Vice-President, Menon Network

C l a u d i o Dondi, born in Modena in 1958 and an industrial economist as a university background, is the President of SCIENTER – a non-profit research organisation based in Bologna and active Europewide in the field of innovation of education and training systems – since its establishment in 1988. In this position his main activities are the co-ordination of large national and European projects (observatory, foresight, innovation networks), as well as policy advice and evaluation at regional, national and international level. His other positions include: Vice-President of the MENON Network in Brussels, Secretary General of EFQUEL – the European Foundation for Quality in eLearning, Member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Educational Technology. From 2001 to 2006 he has been Vice-President of EDEN – the European Distance Education and eLearning Network. From 1999 to 2003 he has been Professor of Human Resources Development at the College of Europe.

Rapporteur: Jennifer Palumbo, Eqavet Projects Coordinator, Menon Network

 Jennifer Palumbo (MSc in Science Communication) has accumulated experience over the past ten years in several aspects of collaborative and European project management, most notably in the field of science communication. From 2003 to 2007 she was in charge of regional, EU and other projects at the Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza (Naples, Italy). In 2007 she assisted the Unit on Nanotechnology and Converging Sciences in European Commission, DG Research, to shape their strategy in communicating the results of research. From 2008 to 2012 she has worked as a project officer, then senior project manager, with Ecsite (the European Network of Science Centres and Museums). She has acted as an expert evaluator of project proposals for the European Commission in several occasions. Beyond her proven skills in managing multinational teams and delivering high-quality and timely results, she has experience as a trainer, moderator and facilitator of group processes.

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