The main priority of the Irish Presidency of the Council of EU is the provision of high quality education and training for all Europe’s citizens which is essential if Europe is to tackle its unemployment crisis, strengthen its economic growth and create sustainable jobs.
Two days of intensive discussions of a wide range of issues were followed by important conclusions. One of the conclusions emphasized the need for the European Commission, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Advisory Group and the BFUG to look at ways of facilitating greater dialogue between the main actors in VET and HE on the topic of quality and qualifications frameworks. Providers in both sectors were urged to make their quality assurance arrangements mutually intelligible, share good practice in implementation of learning outcomes. The participants expressed concern on the disconnection between what employers required as skills for employees and the obtained qualifications. More information and the complete conclusions can be accessed from the QQI website at www.qqi.ie.