General Information on QQI – Who we are and what we do
Tipperary ETB’s agreed quality assurance documentation, including appeals information
On 6 November 2012, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) was established as a new integrated agency replacing the Further Education and Training Awards Council, i.e. FETAC, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, i.e. HETAC, and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland. It also incorporates the functions of the Irish Universities Quality Board.
QQI is responsible for the external quality assurance of further and higher education and training (including English language provision) and validates programmes and makes awards for certain providers in these sectors.
QQI is also responsible for the maintenance, development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). – See more here .
A QA Forum has been established as the coherent and co-ordinating structure through which ETBI, the 16 ETBs and QQI can work collaboratively on a range of operational, developmental and strategic matters. It provides a framework and mechanisms through which representatives from these bodies can work together and share information.
The QA Forum is chaired by John Fitzgibbons, Director of FET in CETB, ETBI is represented by Marie Gould. QQI is represented by members of QQI’s Provider Relations, Quality Assurance and Qualifications Services departments. Members of the Further Education Support Service (FESS) also provide ongoing support to the work of the QA Forum.
Each of the ETBs has a representative on the forum. For Tipperary ETB, the representative is Carol O’ Donovan, QA Officer TETB.
Tipperary ETB has three quality assurance agreements from its former existence as 2 VECs. As Tipperary ETB works to merge the three legacy quality assurance agreements of North Tipperary VEC and South Tipperary VEC into one new TETB quality assurance agreement, documentation will be posted here for access by those involved in FET provision within the ETB.
A TETB QA working group has been established to work on the development of a new QA system and to deal with other related issues. Membership of this working group is as follows:
- Noel Colleran – Principal, Templemore College of FE and Process Co-ordinator, TETB
- Olivia Kennedy-Murphy – AEO, TETB
- Kaye Mullaney – AEO, TETB
- Carol O’Donovan – QA Officer, TETB
- Jenny Whelan – Further Education Support Officer, FESS, Nenagh Office
- Trish Power – FET QA Support
- Patrick O’Sullivan – Assisstant Training Services Manager
As documentation for use across the ETB is agreed, it will be posted here. Currently the following QA related documents have been approved for use in TETB:
For other QA related documentation, please revert to your VEC specific information/templates etc.