Digital Swiss vocational training for abroad - now also for gastronomy professions
Global Swiss Learning AG, based in Zug, is taking one of Switzerland's most important resources out into the world: vocational training. The contents of Swiss vocational training courses are prepared in digital form for various international markets. The online courses for bakers, confectioners and pastry chefs are currently being tested in China and Brazil. Digital courses for gastronomy professions are already being developed with the Swiss Chefs Association and the WIGL publishing house.
Zug, 9. September 2021. Swiss vocational training enjoys an excellent reputation abroad. Young Swiss trainees regularly take the top places at the world vocational championships. Global Swiss Learning AG is pursuing the goal of disseminating this high-quality education, one of Switzerland's most important resources, internationally in digital form. For this purpose, specially developed online teaching materials are used in cooperation with local schools, through which an avatar guides as a moderator.
Blended learning for content transfer
The first online courses for bakers, confectioners and pastry chefs are currently being tested extensively in China and Brazil. The Richemont Competence Centre from Lucerne is responsible for ensuring that the Swiss standards for learning content and certification are met. In both countries, Global Swiss Learning AG is in contact with various universities and schools that are interested in offering the digitised courses. This works according to the blended learning system - a modern form of learning in which theoretical learning content, but also manual skills, are taught in a simple and cost-effective way, mainly with various forms of e-learning, but also in face-to-face lessons.
Now Global Swiss Learning AG is already developing the next digital courses - for catering professions. This involves cooperation with the Swiss Chefs Association and the Bern-based WIGL publishing house, whose teaching materials are used by many vocational schools in Switzerland. An exclusive ten-year agreement has been concluded with both partners. "I am pleased that we are now working together with the Swiss Chefs Association and the two Swiss national teams to bring vocational training for chefs abroad in digital form. With the content of the WIGL publishing house, we will also cover other areas in gastronomy and hotel management." says Samuel Notz, Board of Directors and CEO of Global Swiss Learning AG.
Well-known board members
Global Swiss Learning has been able to add well-known personalities to its board of directors. In addition to founder and CEO Samuel Notz, the board is now chaired by Dr. Peter F. Weibel, long-time CEO of PwC and member of the board of directors of the CS Group, Philipp Ries, Google manager and digital and tourism expert, and Dr. Barbara Fontanellaz, director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training. Samuel Notz: "It is a great honour for us that Dr Barbara Fontanellaz is joining our Board of Directors with her fundamental knowledge.
About Global Swiss Learning AG
Through digitalisation, Global Swiss Learning AG, based in Zug, is able to make the content of Swiss vocational courses available online and at an affordable cost. This ground-breaking approach enables Swiss vocational schools to offer their specialised training courses worldwide. Together with Global Swiss Learning AG, schools thus take the step abroad and do not need their own complex structures.
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Swiss apprenticeships for the whole world
Founded in Zug in June 2020, Global Swiss Learning AG aims offer Swiss vocational education internationally in a digitized form. It will start in 2021 in China and Brazil with online courses for bakers, pastry chefs and confectioners. Other countries and professions shall follow.
Zug, October 6., 2020. Education is the most important resource that Switzerland has at its disposal. The dual education system has proven its worth and is admired worldwide. Switzerland is a leader in the field of vocational teaching in particular. Other countries should also be able to benefit from this strength and increase their level of education. This is where Global Swiss Learning AG, based in Zug, comes in, taking advantage of the many new opportunities that digitalization brings. Through a platform, the digitized learning materials can be taught all over the world and in the same quality as in Switzerland. “The future is digital," says Samuel Notz, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Global Swiss Learning AG, "this also applies to education." The implications of the Corona virus have already significantly accelerated this trend.
Modern form of learning
At the heart of the digital system of Global Swiss Learning AG stands the so-called blended learning, which is also called integrated learning. It is a modern form of learning in which the theoretical learning content, but also craftsmanship skills are taught mainly with different forms of e-learning. The digital courses are then optimally matched with practice blocks and with classroom sessions. Global Swiss Learning AG cooperates on site with selected local partner schools. "We are convinced that demand abroad will be very high," continues Samuel Notz. In many countries, valuable training is becoming increasingly important. "The authorities are becoming aware of the prevailing "skills mismatch" and are promoting traditional vocational education in addition to university education."
Start in China and Brazil
The first markets to be entered in 2021 will be China and Brazil, with vocational courses for bakers, pastry chiefs and confectioners. Richemont is responsible for the learning content and certifications in accordance with Swiss standards. The independent, Lucerne-based competence centre for the entire sector of these three professions is the first Swiss partner to participate in the program. "With this cooperation, we can make our knowledge available to a much larger audience much more easily and cost-effectively," explains Director Reto Fries. "With a second vocational school we are already intensively talking about courses in the fields of gastronomy and the hotel industry," Samuel Notz outlines the next steps. Vocational training in the field of HealthCare is also planned. Other countries and industries are to follow.
About Global Swiss Learning AG
Thanks to digitalization, Global Swiss Learning AG, based in Zug, can provide the contents of Swiss vocational courses online and at an affordable cost. With this groundbreaking approach, Swiss vocational schools can offer their specialist training courses worldwide. Together with Global Swiss Learning AG the schools are making the step abroad and do not need their own complex structures.
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Samuel Notz, Chairman and CEO Global Swiss Learning AG