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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.

Good labour market opportunities with a Federal VET Certificate

In general, graduates of a two-year vocational education and training programme with Federal VET Certificate (EBA) in the retail and catering professions have good opportunities in terms of a successful integration into labour market or in advanced training. Their chances are comparable with those of professionals with a Swiss Federal VET Diploma (EFZ) and are actually higher than those of former elementary trainees (Anlehrlinge) in the same professional fields. This is the conclusion of the VET Certificate Career Study, a collaborative research project of the SFIVET and the University of Applied Sciences in Special Needs Education (HfH) in Zurich.

International cooperation in vocational and professional education and training (IC-VPET) – First national stakeholders meeting organised by the Confederation

In cooperation with the relevant federal offices (SERI, SDC, SECO, Directorate of Political Affairs, SEM), SFIVET decided to organise the first national IC-VPET stakeholders meeting, which was hosted by SERI at the end of April.

Highlighting competences developed at the FVJC

Highlighting competences developed through volunteer work at the FVJC: acquiring skills needed to enter working life.

Study: vocational and general education pathways prepare people equally well for their future careers

Workers in Switzerland often no longer work in the occupational field for which they were initially trained. Nevertheless, according to a study conducted by Annina Eymann and Prof. Dr. Jürg Schweri, around 80% of men and women consider their competences to be adequate. Moreover, working in a field other than the one for which they were initially trained does not result in a lower income level.