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 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 Director of FET.
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 Quality Council. 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 and from 2019 will be forwarded to the QA Unit for presentationto the 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 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 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