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Colorado delegates study the Swiss dual-track VET system

With the United States showing increasing interest in Swiss vocational education and training, the state of Colorado sent a large delegation comprised of both government officials and business leaders to Switzerland this week to gain a clearer understanding of the Swiss system of vocational education and training, which is often cited as a model of reference. On 26 January, Colorado delegates were welcomed at the House of Cantons in Bern by SERI and SFIVET representatives for a presentation of the Swiss system.

Albanian minister interested in knowing more about Swiss VET system

Albania considers Switzerland’s dual-track VET system to be a reference model. It was for this reason that the Albanian Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Blendi Klosi, visited Switzerland to meet with various VET partners on 14 and 15 December 2015. 

South Korea and China increasingly interested in dual-track VET

Lausanne, 27.11.2015 – Three weeks after signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with HRD Korea in Seoul, SFIVET received an 18-person delegation from South Korea in Lausanne on 27 November. On 25 November, representatives of the Department of Education of Hubei Province, China, and on 26 November a delegation from Pingxiang University, China visited SFIVET for a presentation of Switzerland’s vocational education and training system.

SFIVET signs MoU with HRD Korea

During his visit to South Korea, SFIVET Board Chairman Dr. Philippe Gnaegi and HRD Korea President Dr. Park Young-bum signed on November 3, 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations. The main focus of the MoU is the exchange of information, staff mobility and participation in or joint organisation of seminars on vocational education and training.

SFIVET awarded contract for cost-benefit survey of apprenticeship training for 2017

A favourable cost-benefit ratio in apprenticeship training is an important incentive for companies to offer apprenticeship positions. As part of a WTO-compliant tendering procedure, SFIVET and its partner, M.I.S. Trend SA, were awarded the contract to conduct the fourth cost-benefit survey of apprenticeship training in Switzerland.

Bulgaria: Official start of dual-track VET programmes

Official start of the first dual-track VET programmes in Bulgaria 

VET evaluation process

Within a few days, the book "evaluiert – Planungsbuch für Evaluationen im Bildungsbereich" by Dr. phil. Lars Balzer, Head of SFIVET's Evaluation Unit, and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Beywl, Chair of Education Management, Development of Schools and Human Resources, Institute for Continuing Education and Counselling at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland will be published.

WorldSkills 2015: SFIVET congratulates Swiss medallists

The closing ceremony of the WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo was thrilling, with thirteen Swiss contestants winning medals for their performance: one gold medal earned by Lars Tönz, IT software developer for companies, seven silver medals and five bronze medals. The Swiss delegation reached 4th place in the country ranking, after Brazil, South Korea and Taiwan. Although it earned fewer medals than in the Worldskills competition in Leipzig, Switzerland remains the top European country.

More emphasis on foreign language instruction in VET

Half of all learners enrolled in VET programmes study a foreign language. According to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), this ratio is still too low to meet the needs of the Swiss economy. The Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) is developing a competence centre for bilingual VET, offering courses to future teachers to support the spread of bilingual VET throughout Switzerland.