Quality Assurance

Kerry ETB is committed to quality assurance of all its programmes and services. Kerry ETB is focused on providing quality learning opportunities for all learners on further education and training courses. Quality Assurance is about quality teaching and learning as well as the governance structures that support this. Quality teaching and learning takes place in an environment where policies, procedures, planning and evaluation are clear and transparent to all.

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Programme Delivery and Assessment

As a QQI legacy provider, programme delivery is currently operating under two QA systems:

a. Transitional Quality Assurance System (TQAS)
b. Kerry ETB Quality Assurance agreement with QQI 2006

As a Coordinating Provider for the New Apprenticeship Programme Kerry ETB is also operating under the Quality Assurance Procedures for National Apprenticeship Commis Chef Programme.

Oversight of programme delivery takes place locally. The delivery of programmes at PLC Colleges is overseen by local college principals, whilst the delivery of programmes at FET Centres is overseen by centre managers. The training Centre Manager oversees delivery of programmes at the Training Centre.

Course review is scheduled annually at centre level. Review of course feedback from learners is conducted at college/centre level. Collated results from course feedback/learner surveys are considered at local course review meetings. Courses funded through the VTOS and Youthreach funding strand complete a formal self-evaluation under the National Internal Centre Evaluation (ICE) process, which incorporates a more systematic course review and recording of learner feedback. The outcomes of course reviews are recorded and reported to the FET Director.

The Training Standards Office monitors conduct of assessment for courses delivered at the Training Centre. PLC Principals oversee conduct of assessment for programmes delivered at their colleges, whilst the Adult Education Officer oversees the assessment process for programmes delivered at FET Centres. Ratification of course results takes place at local Results Approval Panel meetings. Review of course feedback from learners is conducted at local level. Generally, the collated results from course feedback/learner surveys are considered at local course review meetings. As previously stated, courses under the VTOS and Youthreach funding strand complete a formal self-evaluation under the National Internal Centre Evaluation (ICE) process, which incorporates a more systematic course review and recording of learner feedback.

The National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme operates under the assessment procedure established under the New Apprenticeship QAP. Kerry ETB is finalising new assessment procedures for Further Education and Training (excluding New Apprenticeship Programmes), drawing from development work undertaken with partner ETB’s through ETBI. Consultation is underway on the assessment process (specifically how best to implement new procedures for FET)- with a view to new assessment procedures operating across all centres from September 2018

The new assessment procedures for FET (excluding Commis Chef Apprenticeship Assessment Regulations), will supersede previous procedures - TQAS and 2006 Agreement with QQI. 

It is the intention of Kerry ETB (under the new QA governance, policies and procedures currently being established) to operate and maintain a consistent approach to assessment across all centres, and all courses. New assessment instruments will be externally authenticated and approved by the Programme Governance Board. The standardisation of assessment instruments and peer review will have an important role to play in establishing such consistency of approach across the service: 

  • Specific criteria will be set for each validated programme and particular assessment instruments associated with each programme developed 
  • Data will be prepared by the Quality Assurance Unit to inform the development and improvement of quality assured assessment practice, including the assessment instruments- their design, application, review and modification

 


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