The past two decades have witnessed a growing awareness in most Member States of the importance of ensuring quality in vocational education and training (VET). As a result, many countries have developed approaches for quality assurance and management that are designed to meet national policy objectives; but rarely have these approaches covered the entire VET system. It is therefore necessary to look to the European level for such a comprehensive approach.
The workshop held this week in Cedefop, Testing the European Qualifications Framework, proved to be particularly fruitful. Project promoters and stakeholders reported on the challenges that the EQF must overcome by 2010 to become a useful “translation tool” between various kinds of qualifications.