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EXPAND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN VET (BENCHMARKING TOOL) LLP-LdV-TOI-2012-LT-0117

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The TOI EXPAND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN VET (BENCHMARKING TOOL) LLP-LdV-TOI-2012-LT-0117 project addresses the problem of improving quality assurance systems in VET. The project EXPANDVET will transfer good practice and innovation techniques to four EU countries (Lithuania, Austria, Poland and United Kingdom) from previous Leonardo da Vinci development of innovation project "Benchmarking Tool for Quality Assurance in VET (BEQUAL)".  Main reason of the project is development and adoption of self-evaluation approaches, assessment culture also practical application of CQAF which is poor in partner’s countries.

The main aims :

  • Develop quality assurance in VET institutions through promotion of self-evaluation, quality benchmarking and networking in VET.
  • To promote the use of European Quality Assurance Reference Framework (EQAVET) in VET institutes.
  • To update the outcomes related to the implementation of CQAF in the view of adaptation to EQAVET.
  • To allow practical application of the quality assurance framework in VET through the use of online benchmarking tool and good practice database.
  • To promote international cooperation and exchange of experience through enhancement of thematic portal in quality assurance and expanding the Community of Practice.

Objectives:

  • To examine the existing approaches for quality assurance in participating countries
  • To transfer, adapt and pilot the benchmarking tool in Lithuania, Austria, Poland and United Kingdom.
  • To develop the Lithuanian and Polish language versions of the thematic portal.
  • To enrich the thematic portal with various content, documents, links, articles, videos.
  • To disseminate and promote the benchmarking tool at regional, national and European level.
  • To collaborate in development of products and quality assurance practices.

The project will be implemented by 6 partners from 5 EU countries. The consortium is based on the effort to use the best European practice in the field of quality assurance systems in VET. Each country has its own tools, instruments and procedures as well as different contexts: different legislation, educational systems. From core partner IDEC (Greece) all other partners will be importing the innovation, which will eventually upgrade its ability to implement and benchmark quality assurance in VET.

 

In the project are expected following outcomes:

- On-line benchmarking tool, which offers VET institutions the possibility to compare their quality processes and practices and to identify their strong points and processes to be improved compared to competition. The core of the benchmarking tool is a multiple choice questionnaire to be filled in by VET providers. Each institution has to self-assess its state of fulfilment of the indicator in question and to compare its results with similar institutions operating in the same country and/or in other countries. The tool offers VET stakeholders, policy makers and consultants information on which indicators are at a good point of fulfilment by the majority of VET institutions concerned and which points need to be further enhanced. The benchmarking tool is hosted in the thematic portal.

-  Web based quality sharing network and good practice centre establishing Community of Practice (CoP) in the field of quality assurance in VET.  Establishment of CoP involves also a series of networking activities for VET stakeholders and practitioners, blogging in the thematic portal, creation of profiles over facebook and twitter. 

 - Thematic portal on quality assurance in VET, hosted in the address www.bequal.info. The portal includes the following functions: Online benchmarking tool, good practice centre, statistics, blogs, news and news feeds, links, library, resources and articles, polls, on-line login module and information on the project. The portal is multilingual. The national versions are not identical with the English one.

Impact on several levels: organisational, national, and international level. The dissemination activity will be organized in the partners’ organisations, on the national level (through national, sectoral) networks as well as international networks of the project partners. It is a challenge for the project consortium to make the project and its outputs visible as well as to ensure that the project result – thematic portal- would be easily accessed by all target groups.

Project duration: 01/10/2012 -30/09/2014/

Project partnership

Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts (project coordinator)

KPPAR

Kaunas Chamber of CIC as a non - governmental and a non - profit seeking organization is one of the five chambers of commerce in Lithuania. Based on private law with its main goal in supporting the development of companies’ economic activity and representing, and defending the interests of business community. The community is comprised of various businesses, and educational, and scientific, and high technology institutions. Kaunas CCIC has a long standing reputation for best practices in providing information and consulting services to entrepreneurs.

IDEC SA

IDEC

IDEC is a training and consultancy company based in Piraeus. Clients of IDEC are both SMEs and the larger Greek companies, Entrepreneurs’ Associations, Universities and Chambers of Commerce/Industry. The personnel are mainly mechanical, electrical and software engineers with post-graduated studies and long-term industrial experience.
 The main areas of activities are training and management consulting, ISO-9001, software and multimedia development, internet applications, distance learning, e-business, e-commerce, telecommunications and networks.
 IDEC has long experience in participation in European projects and especially in VET projects. The last 8 years IDEC is dealing with the theme of quality assurance in training and has coordinated the projects EQUAL, Quality.net and BEQUAL in the same subject. Moreover IDEC has consulting experience in developing quality management systems in Greek training centers.

Norton Radstock College

NRC

Norton Radstock College is a small Further Education College in the south west England, UK. The College is well placed to serve the local communities in and around Bath, Bristol, Wiltshire and Somerset.
 
 The College has steadily expanded since it began in the 1940s to serve the Somerset coal mining industry. As a true Community College, it has continued to respond to the needs of individuals, local groups and surrounding business communities, expanding the range of vocational programmes and becoming an established part of the community.  The College also has many links with partner institutions across Europe.
 
 This friendly and welcoming college, refurbished in 2011, provides a calm and peaceful place to learn and develop a high level of skills. Students of all ages benefit from a wide range of full-time and part-time courses and qualifications from Entry Level through to Higher Education, Apprenticeships and training in the workplace.

Kaunas Vocational training centre for Service Business Specialists

kaupa

Kaunas Vocational training centre for Service Business Specialists is one of the largest professional training institutions in Lithuania. Vocational training institution was established in 1944. Over the years changed its name, the school grew increased number of students and training programs, there was growing the staff competencies, expanded project activities...

During more than 65 years of activity centre has earned a reliable and competent educational institution name. In the centre are studying more than 3,000 students, annually are retrained about 500 adults.

Faculty of Management - University of Lodz

 

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The Faculty of Management came into being on September 1st, 1994 and nowadays is one of the largest faculty at the University of Lodz.

The Faculty provides world-class education to nearly 5,000 students and the academic staff of the Faculty, numbering almost 200 academics, carries out research in management-related sciences in cooperation with international partners, according to best regional and international practice. In addition, the Faculty of Management is the leading scientific and didactic centre in the region of Lodz, specializing in management-related sciences (e.g. general management, marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship, quality management, logistics, public administration, information technologies).

The Faculty offers both undergraduate (bachelor level) and graduate (master level) programmes in Management entirely taught in English. These programmes aim to create high potential specialists capable of working effectively in global business regardless of the situation, business, location or culture. Additionally the Faculty offers a number of post-graduate courses focused on various issues related to business management.

The Faculty of Management cooperates with many international partners and has a great experience in EU projects.

BEST Institute of Continuous Vocational Qualification Training and Personnel Training Ltd

best

BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH was founded in 1990 as an independent vocational qualification institute. Its main activities comprise labour market related qualification and integration and vocational guidance for unemployed people.

The institute offers training facilities for some 12000 people and employs a staff of appr. 350 teachers and trainers. The training methods include own pedagogic and didactic methods, especially for integration and motivation, and are constantly being updated. We’ve also actively contributed to European qualification research; Since Austria has joined the EU, we have been engaged in more than 100 European projects in the framework of many different EU programmes.

Country code Organization Contact person Adress

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  LT Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts (project coordinator) Aušra Giedrienė K.Donelaičio g. 8, Kaunas, 44213 Lietuva

+370 37 206679

+370 37 208330

Ausra.giedriene@chambers.lt

EL IDEC SA Natassa Kazantzidou Iroon Polytechneiou 96, Piraeus, GR30- Attiki, Greece

0030 210 4286227

natassa@idec.gr

UK Norton Radstock College Peter Hodgson South Hill Park BA3 3RW, Radstock, United Kingdom

00 44 1761 433161

00 44 1761 436173

Peter.hodgson@nortcoll.ac.uk

LT

Kaunas Vocational training centre for Service Business Specialists 

 

Nijolė Deksnienė Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 11, Kaunas, 44287 Lietuva

+370 610 28371

nidex@ktpvm.lt

PL Universyty of Lodz, Faculty of Managment Bartosz Kalinowski Narutowicza 65, Lodz 90131, Poland

+48 42 6356281

+48 42 6355298

prorzagran@uni.lodz.pl

AT BEST Institute of Continuous Vocational Qualification Training and Personnel Training Ltd Karin Kronika Mariahilfer Strasse 8, A-1070 Vienna, Austria

++43 15855050

++43 1585505077

Karin.kronika@best.at