commissioned research, titled Trends and Developments in Further Education and Qualifications, into further
education and training in 5 countries - Estonia, Germany, Quebec – Canada, New
Zealand, Scotland. Taking a case study approach, we looked at how further/vocational education and training operates in these jurisdictions. These particular countries were selected as the Irish NFQ
has established relationships with their national frameworks. This research
provides background and context to support the development of a Green Paper on
the future of qualifications. It also aligns with QQI’s new Statement of
Strategy 2019-2021 to add value to qualifications.
research paper is the second in a series of Qualification
Policy Insights published by QQI. The first, entitled National Qualifications Frameworks: Reflections and Trajectories was published in 2017. It was commissioned by
QQI prior to the commencement of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
Policy Impact Assessment Study. The output of that study, titled Policy Impact Assessment of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications was published in December 2017.