Country Context - Switzerland

Policy Statement

Current and former challenges on the apprenticeship system and VET are discribed, approaches and initiatives towards solutions are mentioned in this section.

Economic Context

This section explains the political system of Switzerland. You will find information on the different institutions and their responsibilities. Furthermore, the social environment is described, which entails an account of the cultural background of the countries.

Apprenticeship System

This section introduces the status and meaning of apprenticeship in Switzerland and offers a brief account of the history of apprenticeship. Also, the responsibilities of various institutions and stakeholders are clarified. Therefore, relevant concepts are outlined and statistics and numbers regarding different aspects of apprenticeship are displayed.

Education System and VET System

In this section, you will find an overview of the organisations of the education system and the VET system in Switzerland. The various pathways that learners can take are outlined. This entails a characterisation of the compulsory and optional school forms and the corresponding certificates, as well as a description of the university system. Furthermore, the VET system is portrayed with special attention on accessibility of VET and options for further qualifications.

Recent Developments

This section summarises relevant developments of the past five years. Apart from changes in VET statistics and according legislation, this covers political and demographic changes, as well as prevailing issues such as increasing refugee migration.

Country Report

The Country Report contains a synthesis of the main characteristics and framework conditions of the Swiss dual apprenticeship system.