The VET Learning Community is a project in which mainstream and special VET providers throughout Europe work together to improve their quality of services. They do this by benchmarking and benchlearning on topics of quality assurance and quality culture.

The key factors for quality in VET can been seen from 2 different perspectives: the visible factors which include the quality system and the quality behaviour of staff, and the non-visible factors: the quality awareness of staff and the quality culture of the VET provider. In many initiatives the development of high quality work has been focused on the visible factors. Recent research learned that the non-visible factors (= how we really think about and act on quality) might have a bigger impact on the quality of the delivered VET services.

Therefore the project will emphasis both on visible and on non-visible factors for the development of high quality work through:

  • systematic comparing
  • exchanging and learning from day-to-day practices

As results of the project we will have:

  • A method on:
    • benchmarking with various tools for transferring qualitative information into quantitative information
    • learning and exchanging experiences based on the benchmark information (charts and graphics)
  • A curriculum of specific training modules related to quality cultural aspects and to the EQAVET building blocks

Aims and objectives

The project has 2 objectives:

  • Improving the overall quality performance and quality culture of mainstream and special VET providers by systematic benchmarking and bench learning.
  • Contributing to inclusive education by creating sustainable partnerships between mainstream and special VET providers.

For the improvement of the overall quality and the quality culture we will systematically exchange, compare and learn on

  • quality topics derived from the EQAVET framework
  • quality culture topics derived from a Quality Culture assessment.