On 30 September 2015, the DeSqual project leader REA College Nederland hosted the final project conference in Zandvoort, the Netherlands.
The DeSqual project, launched in November of 2013, is a collaboration of four quality assurance expert organisations and 10 social service providers / VET providers for people with disabilities who have piloted a newly developed training program for achieving sustainable quality assurance in their organisation. Partners developed a training program that focuses on individual quality behavior, quality awareness of professionals and quality culture in the organisation.
In the final conference, 3 project pilots presented the impact of the ad-hoc trainings: Fundación INTRAS (ES) with a leadership development programme, the National Learning Network (IE) with a Partnership added-value assessment programme, and REA College Pluryn (NL) with a Team Ownership programme.
The project conference further highlighted the importance and impact of management and staff being aware of how culture impacts the daily work of organisations, and how the quality of the vocational services for persons with disabilities can be enhanced by an awareness of Quality issues throughout the organisation.