Cooperation in vocational education and training: the “Swiss Vocational and Training Initiative India” 


SFIVET symposium held on 12 September 2013

There is a growing recognition both in and outside of Switzerland of the decisive importance of private sector involvement in VET. Launched in 2008, the Swiss VET Initiative India sought to introduce Switzerland's dual-track approach to VET for the first time in India, with the active participation of companies in India.

The symposium, which took place on 12 September 2013, was organised by the partners of the Swiss VET Initiative India (Swissmem, SkillSonics AG and SFIVET). The various needs and role of the private sector, the measures taken to implement the initiative as well as the various achievements, observations and challenges of the project were all discussed during this symposium. Among others, presentations were given by the former president of the Swiss Employers' Association, Thomas Daum, and by the chairman of SkillSonics AG, Franz Probst. The symposium drew around 50 interested participants including VET teachers, trainers and examiners from professional organisations, schools and companies as well as representatives of education offices and other authorities.

In his opening remarks, former president of the Swiss Employers' Association, Thomas Daum, mentioned labour force shortages both in and outside of Switzerland. He also explained the needs of Swiss companies abroad as well as the conditions that must be met in order to successfully export the Swiss dual-track VET model. The activities of the Swiss Confederation in the area of international cooperation in vocational education and training and its involvement in the Swiss VET Initiative India were presented by Ms Laura Antonelli Müdespacher, head of the International Education Projects Section of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). During his presentation, Mr Franz Probst, Chairman of SkillSonics AG, gave a progress report on the project launched back in 2008. After this, Swissmem and SFIVET representatives described their role in the project. Then, Prof. Dr. Carmen Baumeler, head of SFIVET's R&D Division, presented the lessons learnt from efforts to transpose competence-based VET within the cultural context.

The individual presentations may be downloaded here:

 Franz Probst
 Dr. Dalia Schipper
 Prof. Dr. Carmen Baumeler
 lic. rel. int. Laura Antonelli Müdespacher 

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