As a QQI legacy provider, programme delivery is currently operating under two QA systems:
As a Coordinating Provider for the New Apprenticeship Programme Kerry ETB is also operating under the Quality Assurance Procedures for new National Apprenticeship Programmes.
The Quality Assurance Governance Board is responsible for maintaining and developing the standards of Kerry ETB programmes. The Programme Governance Board is responsible for the oversight, planning, coordination, development and quality of Kerry ETB programmes. The board oversees all programme developments, however it’s role and responsibilities do not apply directly to apprenticeship programmes. The governance of apprecticeship programmes is managed by the relevant National Apprenticeship Programme Boards.
The Programme Governance Board reviews reports on teaching and learning from the Quality Assurance Governance Board and makes recommendations for quality improvement to the FET Quality Council. The Programme Governance Board also agrees the panel of External Authenticators and submits details of the panel to the FET Quality Council for ratification.
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.
Approval of course results takes place at local Results Approval Panel meetings for ratification of the FET Quality Council. The QA Unit reviews course feedback from learners which will be presented to the Quality Assurance Governance Board and the FET Quality Council. 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 Quality Assurance Procedures for new Apprenticeship Programmes. 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 2019.
It is the intention of Kerry ETB 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