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Skills Development Facilitates Access to the Labour Market

The goal is to strengthen skills and foster labour market integration. Swisscontact supports people in their efforts to secure livelihoods and participate actively in society.

Skills Development: much more than initial and continuing vocational education and training

Together with local and national partners, Swisscontact is implementing comprehensive skills development programmes that include policy and systems guidance and support to selected training institutes in improving the quality of their training programmes. Concepts for labour market-oriented skills development are designed and implemented together with local authorities and involve the private sector.


Swisscontact‘s skills development programmes include Vocational Education and Training (VET) as well as labour market insertion.


Vocational education and continuing training equip people with valuable skills for work and life and can be provided by schools, training centres, higher education institutions, or VET providers in formal and informal settings. Labour market insertion comprises a series of different instruments and services, like counselling, placement services, work programmes, employment incentives, internships, occupational and life skills training, and start-up incentives.


Swiss Roots - multiplying success factors

The dual apprenticeship-based training system serves as a model of success. Key to this is the connection between basic theory taught in the classroom and practical experience gained in businesses.

It has never been Swiss­con­tact‘s ob­jec­tive to ex­port the Swiss model of the dual ap­pren­tice­ship train­ing to other coun­tries. How­ever, Swiss­con­tact bases its ap­proach on the suc­cess fac­tors found in the Swiss sys­tem:


  • including the private sector in programme development, learning processes, performance evaluation and guidance
  • balanced financing between the state and the private sector
  • multifaceted, practice-based learning focusing on daily work
  • permeability between initial and continuing vocational education and training (VET) (horizontal and vertical, i.e. no graduation without a further education connection)
  • VET as an attractive alternative to academic education, the latter often enjoying more social recognition.

Be­sides sup­port­ing the fight against youth un­em­ploy­ment and skills short­ages, a strong VET sys­tem con­tributes sig­nif­i­cantly to national or regional struc­tural and so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. In ad­di­tion, skills de­vel­op­ment and mea­sures to pro­mote em­ploy­ment are im­por­tant fac­tors in sta­bil­is­ing frag­ile contexts.





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