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 Design and Approval

Kerry ETB delivers programmes leading to Major and Special Purpose awards under the Common Awards System (CAS), together with programmes leading to non-QQI awards and the Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme, which leads to a Professional Award. A structured application process applies to the proposal of new programmes. Centre managers make proposals to the FET Management Group:

 

  • Information on the resource and staff requirements is reviewed by the FET Management Group in order to establish whether the proposal can proceed
  • The FET Management Group recommends the proposal to the FET Director for approval
  • When a proposal is approved, a programme development working group is formed and all proceeding work is coordinated by the QA Unit
  • The FET Director approves all documentation prior to the submission to the awarding body for validation.

Kerry ETB recognises the importance of the separation of programme design and approval. There are two defined points regarding the submission of documentation for validation where governance is required: 

  1. Approval of a proposal to develop a programme 
  2. Approval of the documentation to be submitted to the awarding body 

Currently, the FET Management Group makes its recommendations to the FET Director who has final approval. Formally signing off the validation application by the Director of FET represents formal approval of the programme.

Kerry ETB intends to strengthen this process through considering the outputs from programme reviews in related fields of learning. To this end, Kerry ETB will begin a scheduled review of existing programmes in 2018- examining monitoring outputs and identifying aspects of programmes, which work well, and areas where improvement is needed. Programme Review groups will be established under the 6 broad fields of learning which are associated with Kerry ETB validated programmes. Engagement in programme review over the period 2018-22; will strengthen the capacity of subject matter experts and assist the FET Director in making informed decisions in respect of the approval process. The scheduled review of existing programmes (2018-2022) will also involve considering modifications and amendments - particularly those that may have significant implications.

Kerry ETB has submitted a governance procedure and terms of reference for its Quality Council, Programme Governance Board and QA Governance Board. The Programme Governance Board (reporting into the Quality Council) will commence its work shortly. A particular focus has now been placed on policy and procedure relating to programme review and approval, and the management of programme design and approval through the governance system. The Programme Governance Board (as the 1st unit of governance for programme approval) will make a recommendation to the Quality Council (as the 2nd unit of governance). The Quality Council will hold the approval role.


Ireland's European Structural and Investment Funds Programmes 2014-2020 European Union Department of Education and Skills QQI


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