One of the main objectives of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and European Commission is to bridge the gap and bring the world of vocational education and training (VET) and the labour market closer together in order to address common challenges.

In Europe, the VET sector still has to go a long way in order to adjust VET to the changing and evolving demands of the labour market and the ‘Agenda for new skills and jobs’. As OECD state in its key report: “Vocational programs are often rooted in education institutions, tending to develop their own dynamic, and can be too separated from the fast-changing world of modern economies”.

This situation has called for and brought together project partners from across Europe to design, implement and evaluate the QSE-VET: Quality standards for evidence-based vocational education: indicator 5 and 6 of EQAVET, which is the main emphasis of the project.

Therefore, the QSE-VET project will focus on promoting evidence-based approaches in VET, firstly on how to align VET programmes with skills demands in the labour market and, secondly, how to adjust the skills being acquired and the qualifications offered to meet the ‘21st Century Skills’ requirement (Collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking and Creativity) and the occupational skills and qualifications required by employers.

How does the QSE-VET project achieve it?

  1. By generates guidelines and methods that will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of VET programmes
  2. By facilitating employers in taking up an active role in the assessment of students enrolled in VET programmes

Consequently, the guidelines and methods generated by QSE-VET will enhance both VET authorities demand for and VET provider’s ambition for excellence.

By rooting its reference points in Indicators 5 and 6 of EQAVET, it will also provide a new evidence -based framework within which VET authorities can seek to demand new and relevant forms of accountability from VET providers.