OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training

ISSN :
2077-7736 (online)
ISSN :
2077-7728 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/20777736
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Higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. What type of training is needed to meet the needs of changing economies? How should the programmes be funded? How should they be linked to academic and university programmes? How can employers and unions be engaged? The country reports in this series look at these and other questions. They form part of Skills beyond School, the OECD policy review of postsecondary vocational education and training.

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OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training: A Learning for Jobs Review of Switzerland 2009

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Author(s):
Kathrin Hoeckel, Simon Field, W. Norton Grubb
Publication Date :
30 Apr 2009
Pages :
64
ISBN :
9789264113985 (PDF)
DOI :
10.1787/9789264113985-en

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Learning for Jobs is an OECD study of vocational education and training (VET) designed to help countries make their VET systems more responsive to labour market needs.

The Swiss VET system is very impressive. Its many strengths include strong employer engagement within a well functioning partnership of Confederation, cantons and professional organisations. School and work-based learning are integrated; the system is well-resourced, flexible and comprehensive, including a strong tertiary VET sector. VET teachers and trainers, examiners and directors are well prepared, quality control is ensured, career guidance is systematic and professional. Evidence is well developed and routinely used to support policy arguments.

But at the same time there are a number of challenges. The global recession may reduce the provision of apprenticeship training, the entry of international companies may threaten dual system arrangements, competition between academic and vocational education could be sharpened by demographic changes, and there are some equity concerns.

The OECD review assesses the main challenges faced by the VET system and presents an interconnected package of policy recommendations. For each recommendation, the report describes the challenge, the recommendation itself, supporting arguments, and issues of implementation.

 

Summary: strengths, challenges and recommendations 5
-Strengths 5
-Challenges 6
-Recommendations 6
Chapter 1. Introduction  7
-1.1 The OECD policy review of Switzerland 8
-1.2 The structure of the report 9
-1.3 A snapshot of Switzerland’s VET/PET system 9
-1.4 Strengths of Switzerland’s VET/PET system 16
-1.5 Challenges confronting Switzerland’s VET/PET system 25
Chapter 2. Policy recommendations 27
-2.1 Identifying and maintaining the strengths of the system 28
-2.2 Making full use of human potential: countering equity problems in the VET/PET system 30
-2.3 Recession and potential effects on the VET/PET system 37
References 42
Annex A. Background information 45
-1. Terms of reference for Switzerland 45
-2. Biographical information 47
-3. Programmes of the review visits 48
Annex B. International and national statistics 51