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The TVLC project starts in November 2016 and ends in April 2019.

This 2,5 year project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme - KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices / Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training


Project description

In many EU countries, specialised VET providers and mainstream VET providers struggle with finding the new role in the VET sector while implementing inclusive education in their national context: on the one hand the development of becoming a “centre of expertise and support” for the special VET providers and on the other hand the challenge of mainstream VET providers to take into account and to respond in an appropriate way to those learners with special needs.

The EQAVET framework is a common framework for as well as regular VET providers and specialised VET providers. VET providers also have shown interest in the development and the improvement of a quality culture as they recognise the importance of the good quality culture as a condition for providing quality services. These two communalities in interest are taken as two specific areas of interest for starting up a more intense cooperation and exploration on opportunities (incl. challenges) for contributing to the creation of Inclusive Education in the countries of the project partners. The project would like to contribute to the creation of sustainable partnerships between specialised VET providers and mainstream VET providers by creating a platform for systematic exchanging, comparing and learning of quality topics derived from the EQAVET framework and learning of quality topics derived from a Quality Culture assessment.

The project is based on using capacities of specialised and regular VET providers in creating valuable learning arrangements that results in improving current the performances. The area of quality therefore has introduced common areas for better understanding of their practices and way of working.


1. Improving the overall quality performance and quality culture (performance of Quality Culture assessment tool) of specialised and regular VET providers by systematic benchmarking and bench learning.

2. Contributing to inclusive education by creating sustainable partnerships between specialised VET providers and regular VET providers for the benefits of all learners.

Link to previous projects

The project is based on the NLQAVET model of Quality in VET which emphases the interdependency of quality system, quality culture, quality awareness and quality behaviour as fundament for sustainable implementation of improvements actions. The project facilitates the implementation of improvement initiatives on as well as quality cultural aspects as quality system aspects.

The project is also based on achievements of the DeSqual project. In this project special VET providers worked on the development of sustainable quality development and on the understanding and assessing the key factors of a quality culture.

Systematic benchmarking and bench learning on quality culture aspects between specialised and regular (mainstream) VET providers is a unique learning arrangement that can be considered as an innovative way of learning and building strategic and operational partnerships and improving VET services.

Project Partners

The core of the project consortium includes 5 specialised VET providers and 5 regular VET providers from 5 different EU member states: the Netherlands, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Portugal.

The EQUASS unit of the EPR acts as an expert organisation in this project, and has proven expertise, competences and experiences in assessing, consulting and training VET providers on topics as quality culture, inclusive education and EQAVET related issues.

Project partner   Country
Stichting Rea College Pluryn The Netherlands
Rijn IJssel The Netherlands
Centerkontura d.o.o. Slovenia
Biotehniski izobrazevalni center Ljubljana Slovenia
Viesoji Istaiga Valakupiu Rehabilitacijos Centras Lithuania
Kauno maisto pramones ir prekybos mokymo centras Lithuania
Astangu Kutserehabilitatsiooni Keskus Estonia
Luua Metsanduskoo Estonia
APPACDM de Coimbra Portugal
FORPRO - Formação Profissional, CRL Portugal
European Platform for Rehabilitation Belgium
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