Developing a sustainable culture for change in VET 


The aim of the project is to contribute to develop a culture for change at the educational institutions that participate in the program 'European VET Development Initiative' under The Velux Foundations


Culture for Change follows different local quality improvement VET-school projects in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.

The developmental part of the project includes support to local development projects with a view to producing reliable results; results that can be used more broadly in the institution implementing each project, and as well as contributing to the development of the national vocational education and training system.

The research part of the project focuses on  a systematic collection of knowledge about the conditions for carrying out qualified development work.

Culture for Change intends to contribute to ensure, that the overall results of EVI are sustainable at the project level, and in this way be a model for how quality development work could be done at a national level.


Quality development plans

Quality development plans are prepared on the basis of local projects’ self-understanding and in accordance with the national VET framework. The aim of the plans, is to ensure, that the projects clearly specify development goals and strategies. The plans will ensure that the developmental perspective is maintained in the individual project, that the experiences are collected and that the employees are involved in the development work.

Competency development

Competency development is targeted the employees of the individual projects, the aim being to develop the employees’ understanding and ownership of their project. The competency development will also qualify the employees to carry out and participate in the evaluation of specific and local development work.

Evaluation and experience collection

Alongside the developmental projects, an ongoing evaluation is established. Through ongoing self-evaluation, the experiences and results from the individual project are clarified and maintained. The experience will contribute to the adjustment of the process. The evaluation contributes to the application of the results in the daily practice of the projects.


The preparation of the quality development plans is a comprehensive process. The local projects often find the process difficult, yet useful in order to ensure the developmental perspective.

Competency development must be carried out on the basis of the specific project goals in order to ensure the employees’ active participation, and in order to clearly demonstrate that their competences are visible and useful to the school management.

The ongoing evaluation is useful for clarifying the progress of the project. Through the ongoing self-evaluation, the participants’ reflections on what they do, are related to what they want to achieve.

The interplay between the local project management and external researchers, contributes to the systematization and the sustainability of the results.