In Switzerland, the dual education system is one of the most important pillars of the economy and is its major success factor.
The dual education system consists of basic training in a company and supplementary training at a vocational school. After young adults complete their compulsory schooling as apprentices, they receive high-quality training and direct access to the labor market—an unbeatable combination.
As a side effect of this system, youth unemployment in Switzerland remains low: 1.8% in July 2022 (Source: State Secretariat for Economic Affairs). Another characteristic of the dual system is the so-called permeability, according to which later further training courses are always open to all professionals. Two-thirds of all young people in Switzerland start their career with a dual track Vocational Education Training (VET), lasting two-to-four years, depending on the profession. With the skills students learn in VET, they are fully employable.
Global Swiss Learning aims to include parts of that success in our education programs. We build courses with Swiss institutions based on the original content offered in vocational education in Switzerland. Our model is scalable and accessible, meaning 80% of our courses are online, and 20% are on-campus. Our blended learning courses are modular and can be adapted to the specific languages and local requirements.
WorldSkills 2022 Competition Special Edition
As ambassadors of Swiss vocational education, we were very happy to be the sponsors of the "World Skills 2022 - special edition" and even more special for us, as some of the Skill's competitions happened in Switzerland.
The WorldSkills competition is held every two years, and young professionals up to the age of 22 can compare their skills and abilities with their colleagues from other countries. Around 1,600 participants from more than 80 countries and all continents show what they have learned. The competitions are held for over 50 different occupations.
The Swiss delegation regularly scores very well in the World Skills competition and wins numerous awards. In the 2022 event, the Swiss professionals won 6 gold medals and 12 silver and bronze medals. This success is one of the reasons why Global Swiss Learning has set the goal of making Switzerland's successful vocational courses accessible worldwide. It means that many more talented people will be able to participate in this event in the future.