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.
BEQUAL + is a project under the Transfer of Innovation Leonardo da Vinci Multilateral Projects that transfers innovation techniques for quality assurance in vocational education and training, aiming at developing quality assurance in VET institutions through promotion of self-evaluation, quality benchmarking and networking.
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The objectives of the BEQUAL project is to promote quality assurance in VET by developing:
- an electronic benchmarking tool, which allows training providers in VET to online benchmark their quality approach against CQAF core criteria and database collections of good practices.
- a web based “quality sharing network” in VET, which is based on quality profiles gained through benchmarking and enables training providers to ad hoc search for CQAF compliant good practice matching with their internal quality process.
- a thematic portal that is the main reference point for practitioners, researchers and policy makers that are looking for information for quality assurance in VET training institutes.