On November 14, the city of Santander held a seminar on quality initiative experiences of management and teaching staff in VET centres. The activity was carried out in the conference room of the VET centre Decroly with a duration of two hours. A group of 34 people made up of teachers and quality managers of the centre participated in the event,
Main topics of the session were the PDCA cycle and the descriptors of the European Reference Framework for Quality Assurance (EQAVET) for VET centres that were discussed among participants, providing feedback for a better implementation of the cycle and the indicators in the teaching practice. The rationale and objectives of the European project QC-VET –Promoting Quality Culture in VET, were also introduced. Among the final outputs of the project it is planned to elaborate an action guide for the implementation of quality strategies with the participation of the teaching staff.
The attendees emphasized the importance of quality initiatives, highlighting that, although some follow-up activities are carried out for the students’ development, they do not have enough time for doing adequately, and, moreover, when these are done no reward or positive appraisal is received. They are individual efforts or in small groups.
The topics of discussion of the seminar were:
- Time for quality assurance activities. Training hours fulfil the available time. It is an extra-workload.
- The quality questionnaires and the data collected do not translate into initiatives for quality improvement. The information is normally used only for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
- The development of students with difficulties is often a “personal” matter of the teacher or tutor. An “inclusive training” perspective is lacking in the planning of the quality assurance cycle.
- Networking and dialogue with employers. Participants highlighted the importance of knowing employers needs for the training process. Trainers suggested the need of more descriptors and indicators for working with them.
Finally, from Documenta we wish to thank Decroly and their teaching team for their involvement and participation in this seminar.