The dual education system: a Swiss invention!

The dual education system is one of the most important pillars of the Swiss economy and a major success factor.

The apprenticeship system consists of basic training in a company and supplementary training at a vocational school. After completing their compulsory schooling as apprentices, young people receive high-quality training and then direct access to the labour market - an unbeatable combination.


And as a side effect, youth unemployment in Switzerland remains at a low level. Another characteristic of the dual system is the so-called permeability, according to which later further training courses are always open to all professionals. A vocational apprenticeship lasts between two and four years, depending on the profession.

Global Swiss Learning aims to repeat the success of the Swiss dual education system on the international stage. There are, of course, quite different and unique conditions in each country. However, the unique blended learning courses developed together with the partner schools are modular and can be adapted to the specific local requirements.

WorldSkills: Young Swiss professionals are world leaders!

Every two years, the World Skills are held, where the best professionals from different industries compete against each other. At the World Skills, young professionals up to the age of 22 can compare their skills and abilities with their colleagues from other countries. Always in the odd years, around 1600 participants from more than 80 countries and from all continents show what they have learned. Competitions are held for over 50 different occupations.


The Swiss delegation regularly scores very well in the World Skills competition and wins numerous awards. At the last event in Kazan in Russia in 2019, the Swiss professionals won 5 gold and silver medals each, as well as 6 bronze medals and 13 diplomas. This is one of the reasons why Global Swiss Learning has set itself the goal of making Switzerland's successful vocational education and training accessible worldwide. This means that many more talented people will be able to participate in this event in the future. The next World Skills will be held from 22nd until the 27th September 2021 in Shanghai, China.

The Richemont Competence Center, our Swiss school partner, won a gold medal at each of the last two World Skills with its young professionals and is one of the best schools in the entire bakery, confectionery and pastry industry worldwide. We are proud of our partnership with Richemont and look forward to working with them.