Vocational Education and Training in Switzerland - Key success factors and challenges for sustainable implementation

New book on VPET coming out in summer 2016!

This new edition describes the Swiss VET / PET system with an international perspective.

In addition, we focus on the recognition and transferability of such a system in other countries worldwide. 

Name:        Bruno Geiger

Country:    Switzerland

Sector:       Vocational and Professional Education and Training

Brand:        Geiger Evolution ltd. / expect more international


This new edition focuses on the economic and social values and results of vocational and professional education and training in Switzerland and abroad as well as on principal opportunities and risks associated with education export. In addition, best practice examples and stories of international companies and organizations (incl. NGOs) will be included:  i.e.

Yangon (CVT Myanmar);  Brasil, Bolivia, South Africa (Don Bosco); Indonesia (SITECO); Kosovo and Nepal (Helvetas); Peru (World Vision); India (BioRe / Coop Switzerland); Turkey and Mexico (GAN) as well as the international project on bilingual Vocational Education and Training in Zug with Glencore International, Johnson&Johnson CILAG and Prime Relocation, Zug / Switzerland. In addition, the apprenticeship company "Bildxzug" as well as the Cantonal Office for Vocational Education and Training describe their special role and field of activities. 


This business book will be an information and comprehensive guide for international and Swiss companies, governmental organizations, NGOs, NPOs, vocational schools, universities as well as chambers of industry and commerce, Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN), Embassies, and many more. This book may be used for information, communication and training for its management. International leaders and managers may learn more about the quality of the vocational and professional education and training system in Switzerland (VPET) and support it.


Projects and systems implemented in the dual-track VPET system in Switzerland and other selected countries

The dual-track VPET system in Switzerland has to take account of the globalization and internationalization of the labor market. This section of the book discusses the underlying concepts of and services offered by the various stakeholders as well as the underlying role models (taking the example of the cantonal VPET office (supervisory body) or a cantonal project involving bilingual training at all three learning locations in Zug (VET school, industry courses, host company)). The system of "networked apprenticeships" is discussed and explained in terms of how the coordination and cooperation between the provider and the parties responsible for dual-track VPET actually works, in what is known as collaboration between leaning locations.  


Transfer and implementation worldwide

Why are these stories important for each country and region? Success stories like these demonstrate how projects or VPET systems that have already been implemented meet a real need and generate benefits that are in line with market requirements. These recorded successes are evidence of the impact and viability of a project such as this or of an implemented system of practice-oriented vocational and professional education and training.


The success stories highlight the many different facets of these projects and systems, as well as the sense of achievement and the future projects that are made possible when a team, an institution, a group or a government works with passion, drive and conviction to implement an initiative in the area of dual-track vocational and professional education and training.


We were only able to include a limited selection of stories in this book. As a result, we can only shed light on a small subset of the many activities and projects that form part of the dual-track VPET system in Switzerland and worldwide. Many similar projects are currently in development or have already been successfully implemented across the globe.


Strategic decision - investing in youth - future prosperity

With this new book, we want to motivate more decision makers, leaders and politicians to invest in a solid and sustainable vocational and professional education and training system to make the future of our youth work!  That's exactly according to the vision and mission of expect more international:


It is time to expect more! 

It is time to expect more - and to empower more! We are covering "the extra mile"! We question traditional solutions, innovate and improve them. We strive for growth, securing the future for us, and for our communities, by investing in education.


The primary goal of "expect more international" is 

  • to promote and anchor skills development nationally and internationally
  • to initiate and empower skills development (education for all) to be rated as a top priority
  • to ensure that young professionals get the opportunity and the necessary skills
  • to enable leaders and managers to apply their social and emotional competences effectively as well as
  • to develop their entrepreneurial thinking, behavior and action

The authors

To learn more about the authors of the new book have a look on


Rudolf H. Strahm


 Bruno H. Geiger





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