Skills in Switzerland: Exploring Apprenticeship Excellence

Discover the secrets of success with Switzerland's world-renowned apprenticeship system. Embark on a transformative journey to the heart of vocational education excellence. Our course reveals the "gold standard" of which Switzerland is particularly proud.

Swiss delegation of young professionnals

At the previous WorldSkills  decentralised edition ending in Salzburg in 2022  the Swiss team won 19 medals. As you can imagine, this success is no accident, and Switzerland's results throughout the competitions since the first WorldSkills Competition at the "Virgen de la Paloma" Vocational Training Institute in Madrid (1950) bear witness to this.

So, what's the Swiss secret behind all this success? That's what we want you to find out in this course, in which we introduce you to the Swiss model while visiting key partners active in dual-track apprenticeship.

Are you attending this year's Worldskills competition in Lyon and would like to find out more about the Swiss system? If that's the case, or if you're simply curious to find out more about the Swiss vocational training system, this course is the right place for you.

Course details


16 to 19 September 2024, including 3 nights' accommodation*

*Please note that we reserve the right to amend or cancel course at least two months in advance.

Course objective 

The objective of this course is to understand and experience the success factors of the Swiss Vocational Education and Training system


Programme for the course Swiss Skills Success – understand Switzerland’s VET

Throughout the week, the program unfolds through exclusive visits to prestigious companies and organisation, exploring the permeability of vocational education and training (VET) from apprenticeship programs to diverse educational pathways, and delving into the successful pedagogical strategies that underpin Switzerland's educational excellence. Engage in interactive workshops, discuss with industry experts, and emerge equipped with a profound understanding of the Swiss VET system.

Further information


Understand and communicate in English (minimum level of B1 is recommended) 


The course is open to anyone wishing to become familiar with the Swiss Vocational Education and Training system.


Each participant will receive a certificate of participation delivered by Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET at the end of the course.


All-inclusive* price: CHF 2’480.-- (registration before 31.03.2024 receives a 10 % discount)

Link to your hotel: By Fassbind

*Including a 3-night stay with breakfast, 4-day transportation (including Lyon transfers), 4 lunches, 3 dinners (including a dinner during a boat tour), expert lectures and technical expertise throughout the whole course

Conditions of participation

To maintain high standards, we have limited the number of participants to 25.
Selection will be made on a first-come, first-served basis to ensure a quality experience for all involved.

After successful registration candidates will receive a confirmation and an invoice issued by SFUVET. Participation is guaranteed after full payment of the fees.

Cancellation made 30 days or more before the course start date incurs no penalty. Cancellation within 30 days of the course start date will result in a 100 percent charge of the course price.