Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance in Further Education and Training in WWETB

Overarching WWETB Quality Policy

The Vision of WWETB is to be the leader of learning through the delivery of high quality, inclusive and innovative education and training services in our community.  As outlined in WWETB’s Statement of Strategy 2018 – 2022, one of WWETB’s four key values is that of Quality, we benchmark ourselves against the best to deliver the highest standards for ourselves and others in the pursuit of maximising the learner’s potential.

Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) is committed to providing a quality assured education and training service to all leaners and stakeholders, developing a culture of quality, and ensuring that anyone participating in a programme of further education and training gains a quality assured experience.

For more information on WWETB’s approach to quality assurance, please follow the links below.

Quality Assurance Roles, Responsibilities & Decision Making Fora

 Legacy Quality Assurance Policies

Following the amalgamation of City of Waterford VEC, County Waterford VEC, Wexford VEC and the former SOLAS Waterford & Wexford Training Services, WWETB is currently operating under seven legacy quality assurance agreements with QQI and is in the process of developing new quality assurance policies and procedures for the amalgamated organisation.

These 7 Legacy Quality Assurance Policies are;

·         Co. Waterford VEC

·         Co Wexford VEC

·         SOLAS (FÁS)TQAS Over Arching Quality Assurance Manual for Training Services

·         Waterford City – Adult Education Service

·         Waterford City – St Pauls Community College

·         Waterford City – VTOS, Durands Court

·         Waterford College of Further Education

WWETB currently supports 34 QQI registered centres and is a registered City and Guilds Supercentre.  A number of our programmes and centres provide certification with a number of other awarding bodies also, including ITEC, CIBTAC, CIDESCO, Pearson Vue, Accounting Technicians Ireland, CompTIA, Microsoft etc. Each of the certifying bodies have rigorous QA Procedures that must be met by the individual centre.

The major challenge for WWETB is to move to one overall comprehensive Quality Assurance system that satisfies the requirements of all certifying bodies.

For QA procedures specific to each WWETB Further Education and Training centre under the legacy agreements, please contact the centre in question directly. Contact details are available at waterfordwexford.etb.ie.

Quality Assurance Development and Revised QA Policies and Procedures forming part of WWETB’s Quality Assurance System

As part of the recent Executive Self-Evaluation Process and Quality Improvement Plan, is was agreed that WWETB would collate and review all existing QA Policies and Procedures with the intention to move from 7 legacy QA agreements to 1 unified Total Quality Assurance Management (TQAM) Framework, with the ethos of agreed centralized policies implemented under appropriate programme/college/centre agreed procedures.

Click here for Executive Self-Evaluation Report including Quality Improvement Plan

The development of a unified Total Quality Assurance Management (TQAM) Framework for the amalgamated ETB will be a long-term project; as new common policies and procedures are developed and approved by the appropriate governance structure, they will be published on this page, and will supersede the existing individual policies and procedures which are currently available in each centre.

WWETB plans to follow an extensive internal consultation process in establishing and maintaining a unified TQAM Framework as follows:

    1. Development of a policy and procedure paper on a particular issue, area of work, or service through focused consultation.
    2. Issue of Draft Consultation for wider consultation – QA Steering Group, QA Forum, FET Management Team, all centres and staff.
    3. Receive Feedback, Make Amendments and Issue for operational testingPiloting may occur in one centre, a cluster of centres or all centres.
    4. Review with Management Teams and Centres and other structures where appropriate.
    5. Issue Final Policy and Procedure Paper for implementation.
    6. On-Going Review as part of self-evaluation processes and procedures.

Policy and Procedure Papers which have been developed collaboratively through ETBI enter at Stage 2 above.   All QA policies and procedures are adopted in WWETB via the above process.

A Quality Assurance Improvement Plan has been developed for WWETB and the review of Quality Assurance policies and procedures was approved by the QA Steering Committee and Senior Management Team and the WWETB Board.  This system of governance on policy and procedure ensures that academic decision-making reflects the interests of learners and also maintains Further Education and Training standards in all WWETB programme, colleges and centres.   

For revised QA policies and procedures which are common to all WWETB centres, please click here These new common policies and procedure will form part of the Total Quality Assurance Management (TQAM) Framework. Please note that this page will be updated regularly as new policies and procedures are developed and approved.

WWETB Core Quality Assurance Policies and Procedures

Core QA1 Governance and Management of Quality Assurance

Core QA2 Documented Approach to Quality Assurance

Core QA3 Programmes of Education and Training

Core QA 4 Staff Recruitment, Management and Development

Core QA5 Teaching and Learning, the WWETB Learning and Training Experience

Core QA6 Assessment of Learners Quality Assuring the Assessment Process

Core QA7 Learner Supports

Core QA8 Information and Data Management

Core QA9 Public Information and Communication

Core QA 10 Other parties involved in Education and Training

Core QA 11 Self Evaluation, Monitoring and Review

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