QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. Established in 2012 by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.
QQI has a broad remit across education and training in Ireland. In the area of quality assurance, QQI is responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of quality assurance in further and higher education and training providers in Ireland. It has a key role in the qualifications system through its custodianship of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Its work concerns learners in diverse settings – schools, adult education, English language schools, vocational training and higher education and training; providers of further and higher education and training; Government departments, State agencies and funding bodies; regulatory bodies; professional bodies; qualifications awarding bodies; sectoral and representative bodies and international bodies responsible for quality assurance and qualifications.
Role in the project
As a partner, QQI operates as a delegated body of the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland. For QQI, Andrina Wafer, Bryan Maguire, Niamh Lenehand and Aoife Marley are currently involved with the VISKA project.
As an organisation, QQI hopes to disseminate useful and practical information on international approaches and good practice to the recognition of prior learning of adults. The VISKA project will facilitate efforts to develop a national policy in this area and to build a network of practitioner through which localisation of approaches and tools can be achieved.
At this point in the project, a particularly important learning point for QQI has been the necessity for detailed dialogue on nomenclature used internationally in this area, as there may be significant differences in the understanding of commonly used terms. For more information on QQI, visit their website at www.qqi.ie or contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org!