The education and training sector in Ireland under the leadership of the Department of Education and Skills, participates in a wide range of EU programmes of work, initiatives and working groups, in a leadership or representative capacity.
Typically these activities relate to the core mission and remit of the individual agency and service where these connect to the overarching context of creating an EU-wide Area of Skills and Qualifications and more critically, to our need to ensure coherent national responses and development.
As agencies and as individuals, we represent Ireland and implement EU initiatives and programmes nationally.
It can be challenging for stakeholders, service users and different programme teams to understand the different initiatives, to relate one to another and to see where the benefits of the work may apply in different contexts.
QQI, in collaboration with Léargas and Euroguidance at the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE), hosted an EU Reference Group in 2017 to address some of these issues and to allow stakeholders consider possible linkages and efficiencies recognising the context of reduced national resources.
This Reference Group gives an opportunity for common sharing of education and training actions and plans across all sectors within education and training.
The Irish Reference Group for EU Initiatives in Education and Skills:
- Provides an opportunity to showcase a range of EU initiatives, working groups and projects in the education and training sector in a broad policy context
- Promotes understanding of each programmes unique selling point and contribution
- Assists in the identification of potential synergies with existing stakeholder plans and promote possible efficiencies through sharing objectives, key events, outputs, directions etc.
- Supports the development of a publication by November 2014 outlining succinctly and in a common format, the purpose, aims, and intended benefits of each programme.
- Reviews the contribution and methodology of the Reference Group to determine continuance and governance beyond 2014
- Collaborate and connect agencies to disseminate information and opportunities among the relevant constituencies
- Assists in the coordination of a national response to relevant European policy developments in education and training