Responsibilities of the ETSC

The Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC) operates in accordance with the service contract with The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Its main responsibilities include:

 

  • Writing curricula and programme descriptions and collaborating with ETSC's contracted partners in their development.
  • Ensuring the development and dissemination of methods to validate non-formal and informal learning, as well as monitoring their implementation and providing training and feedback to specialists.
  • Supervising the development of guidance and counselling for ETSC's target group in cooperation with educational providers and specialists in Iceland and abroad, and sharing this knowledge with professionals in the field.
  • Identifying the educational needs of the target group in cooperation with the employment sector and educational providers in order to develop an inventory of long- and short-term courses to meet those needs.
  • Developing methods in the field of accredited adult education in cooperation with educational providers and communicating both national and international innovations to specialists.
  • Enhancing the quality of educational activities and guidance by accredited educational providers through the development of quality standards in consultation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.
  • Collecting, maintaining and sharing information on the target group and its educational needs.
  • Administering The Education Fund and its finances.
  • Developing and maintaining a student registry in cooperation with educational providers and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, taking into account the validation of informal study and non-formal learning.

The Education and Training Service Centre also undertakes various projects in adult education in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, the owners of ETSC and other partners. ETSC also hosts the Icelandic coordinator in the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL).