Tipperary ETB (TETB) is striving to develop a quality assurance (QA) system that is fully documented to ensure that there are robust, documented policies and associated procedures in place for the assurance of the quality and standards of provision.
At present, TETB FET centres have an extensive suite of existing documented quality assurance policies and procedures that are guided by the relevant legacy QA agreements as follows:
- North Tipperary VEC QA Agreement
- South Tipperary VEC QA Agreement
- Institiud Thuamhumhan QA Agreement
- Transitional Quality Assurance System (TQAS) QA Agreement
Whilst there are commonalities across the documentation, the QA Steering Group and the QA Office have been working to standardise the documentation and templates in use by further education and training centres. To date a lot of work has been carried out in the policy area of assessment of learners.
As procedures are revised, they will replace legacy ones and will be uploaded into the relevant sections of the website. In the interim, learners, FET staff and stakeholders can revert to legacy QA agreements, above, for information that has not yet been updated.
The completion of TETB’s Executive Self-Evaluation (ESE) in January 2018 has supported the goal to achieve a transparent, robust and fully documented approach to QA by identifying and evaluating the areas of quality assurance that required attention, including the governance and management of QA. The Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) which resulted from this evaluative exercise, provided TETB with a priority roadmap to guide the ETB in meeting its obligations for the establishment and operation of updated internal QA procedures.
The development and implementation of an effective QA framework that is supported by documented policies and procedures for the ETB across all FET provision will be an ongoing project and will be continually guided by local needs, national agreements and quality improvement plans.