In October 2012, Engineers Ireland, in partnership with leading VET Training centres from around Europe, undertook a two year project to implement a workable guide for the transfer of quality development systems from the higher education sector to VET centres and staff across Europe.
Funding for the project was provided as part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013, under the Leonardo da Vinci scheme which focuses on education and training. Alongside Engineers Ireland, partnering in the best-practice sharing project were the Louth and Meath Educational Training Board (Ireland), INOVINTER – Vocational Training and Technological Innovation Centre (Portugal), the Spanish Confederation of Training Centres (Spain), Euroform RFS (Italy) and Norton Radstock College (UK).
By the end of the project each project partner was equipped for the implementation of a mentoring system, a system of learning contracts and an on-line learning management system in their respective institutions. However, how could we ensure that this knowledge could be transferred to other VET institutions looking to implement the BESTVET Total Development System into their institution?
The answer to this question lay in the creation of a ‘Process Map and Guide’. This document, used in-tandem, with the supporting documentation, has been designed to act as a guide for VET institutions looking to implement these three best practices into their institutions.