Swiss Vocational Training Receives Gold Medal

The Swiss education system has recently called for a lot of attention. Earlier this year Swiss federal councilor Johann Schneider-Amman was a guest at the White House, where among other topics, he praised the qualities of the dual education system. Now the American organization the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) published a report, in which the Swiss receive best marks for its vocational training.

According to NCEE the Swiss education system distinguishes itself by the following assets:

  • 70% of young people between 16 and 19 opt for an apprenticeship
  • at an early stage, apprentices are involved in working teams, where they learn to take on responsibility and where they are guided by specialists
  • theory is continually put into practice
  • apprentices receive a salary
  • at the end of the apprenticeship, young professionals are awarded a nationally recognized certificate which allows them to either take up a full time position or continue training at the tertiary level
  • education can be pursued, irrespective of the initial choice of education

The NCEE conducted surveys among senior business representatives, which all highlighted the correlation of the Swiss education system and the Swiss economy.

More information can be found in: “Gold Standard: The Swiss Vocational Education and Training, International Comparative Study of Vocational Education and Training”


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