Assuring quality in vocational education and training
The role of accrediting VET providers
This publication examines how accreditation systems relate to quality assurance by means of 12 in-depth case studies. Of these, four relate to economic sectors, eight to countries. The results show that accreditation systems are widely accepted by providers, and deliver vocational education and training to predefined quality standards - with or without the direct involvement of public authorities. Accreditation has a clearing effect: weak performers disappear from the market and successfully accredited providers become more visible. The use of quality labels could be more widespread. It is... mostly found in the sectoral examples, especially where the value of such labels can be clearly defined. The study shows that accreditation systems for vocational education and training can make sure that minimum standards are observed in VET delivery. For the future, the challenge will be to turn accreditation into a driving force for better quality. To do so, the study suggests a multistep approach to accreditation and concludes with recommendations for national, sectoral and European stakeholders.
- Corporate author(s): Cedefop Themes: Education policy
- Subject: approval, educational institution, educational system, teaching quality, vocational education, vocational training
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- Author: Association Européenne pour l'Information sur le Développement Local (AEIDL); Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE); Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy; Metis GmbH; Panteia BV
- Subject: administrative formalities, cross-border cooperation, emergency aid, European Union, frontier region, frontier worker, health care, institutional cooperation, international trade, labour mobility, language policy, police cooperation, rail transport, recognition of diplomas, recognition of vocational training qualifications, regional policy, social security, transfrontier transport, transport infrastructure, urban transport