The European Commission adopted its first REPORT on the implementation of the 2009 Recommendation of the European Parliament and the Council on the establishment of a European quality assurance reference framework for vocational education and training (so-called EQAVET).
The report states that some progress has been made in quality assurance of the vocational education and training systems and European cooperation in this field. However, it acknowledges that there is still some way to go to also take into account certain aspects of quality assurance in vocational education and training (VET) that have been less developed so far, in particular the collaboration with other education sectors and the world of work, notably on the quality of work-based learning. Transparency between the various quality assurance systems could be strengthened to allow more mutual trust among the various VET systems and could be considered in the perspective of the development of a European Area of Skills and Qualifications.
The European Union will continue to support Member States in developing their quality systems. Higher Education institutions, training providers and Quality Assurance Agencies can use the funding opportunities provided through Erasmus+, the European Union programme for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport, to develop partnerships for mutual learning in developing quality cultures. Member States can also invest in quality assurance using funding from the European Structural and Investment Funds.