Our Plans

Our OWLS project is a Development of Innovation project which started on 1st October 2011 and will run for 3 years, supported by the Leonardo da Vinci programme. OWLS is divided into 3 different phases:

1. Research and Development

  • We will carry out research amongst a range of stakeholders to establish the different methods currently employed to quality assure VET in partner member states.
  • We will consult with stakeholders including trainers, employers, funders and learners to identify key values & criteria that contribute to the successful delivery of Indicator 6 (Utilisation of acquired skills at the workplace) i.e. we will develop a standard for training providers and trainers who wish to improve the quality of their VET in respect of Indicator No 6.
  • We will develop a quality assurance self assessment system which helps stakeholders assess their own performance against this standard for Indicator 6
  • Alongside this self assessment system we will develop tools and techniques e.g. questionnaires to be used by learners, employers and teachers which will aid the achievement of the standard
  • We will also develop blended learning materials in order to support the introduction of this system by trainer providers and trainers.
  • We will use the self assessment system ourselves in order to help inform continuous improvements in our own blended learning systems, methods and techniques. However the quality assurance system will be applicable to all forms for VET.
  • Finally we will consult and amend the initial prototype materials with stakeholders in each country prior to piloting the final prototype
  • We will begin to develop our stakeholder network and keep them informed of our progress on this project.

2. Piloting prototype products and services

  • We will trial these materials in all partner countries but we will take an iterative approach to their refinement.
  • We will pilot the materials in two countries at a time, amend and refine the prototype before progressing to the next 2 partner countries.
  • In this way we hope that by the time we have completed all 6 pilot member states we will have a robust, valid and reliable system.
  • All products and services developed by the partnership will be subject to external evaluation.

3. Dissemination and mainstreaming

  • In the final phase of the project we will be working with our partners and Steering Group members to disseminate the information to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Our focus will be on providing information on our development process as well as the products and services we have developed.
  • We will utilise a range of methods in order to reach different target audiences including website, blogs, newsletter, briefing and policy papers, case studies, blended learning materials and face to face seminars.
  • We will be working to ensure that the work of the partnership is sustained after the end of the project and that the partnership is able to continue its work perhaps working on other indicators using a similar approach.
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