Provider Quality Assurance and Registration

On 6 November 2012, FETAC completed its amalgamation with HETAC, NQAI and IUQB and a new integrated agency, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), was established. FETAC, HETAC and the NQAI are now dissolved. The new agency will continue to provide continuity of service as it evolves. QQI will bring any changes and updates to your attention over the coming weeks on its website www.qqi.ie

Aspirant providers are advised that, following establishment, QQI will implement integrated policies on provider registration across further and higher education and training. Aspirant providers should familiarise themselves with the draft provisions set out in the 2011 Bill. Aspirant providers should also familiarise themselves with the full range of options for offering awards that are part of the NFQ, including options for direct provision, linked provision, collaborative provision, second provider arrangements and alignment processes.

The wider landscape of further education and training is also undergoing a period of significant transformation. On 22 July, 2011, the Government announced its intention to establish a new authority to coordinate and fund Further Education and Training (FET) in Ireland called SOLAS. As part of the change, the FAS Training Division is set to transfer to the VECs and those VECs will report to the new authority SOLAS in respect of FET. Furthermore, the existing 33 VECs are being rationalised into 16 Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs). These changes are likely to have implications for the structures and provision of further education and training in the longer term.