At the end of 2011 a national project on external assessment of the quality of vocational education and training (VET) was launched in Lithuania. The coordinator of the project is the Qualifications and VET Development Centre and its aim is to provide impartial, professional and comparative assessment of quality of VET programmes. The project will last until 2013. It is planned to provide an external assessment of the quality of 90 training programmes of various VET providers and to prepare recommendations for improving VET programmes and VET quality assurance systems based on the outcomes of the quality assessment. At the same time, VET providers are starting to implement internal quality assurance systems. Ten consortia of training providers will receive funding from the national budget and the European Social Fund to create and implement internal quality assurance systems. The consortia are established on a regional basis and comprise IVET and CVET providers, including private enterprises. The projects will also cover training for staff dealing with quality assurance tasks, peer learning and peer review activities among the various consortia.

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