Vocational training

Switzerland renews its declaration on vocational training with the United States

US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Swiss President Guy Parmelin signed the memorandum of understanding. It follows previous cooperation agreements over the past six years. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Swiss President Guy Parmelin has approved a declaration of intent aimed at strengthening cooperation with the United States in the field of vocational education and training.

This content was published on November 18, 2021 – 18:28


The agreement signed Thursday in Washington is valid for three years and signals “the intensification of knowledge exchange between education actors active in the public and private sectors” in the two countries, the Swiss Ministry of Education said. Education in a statement.

Parmelin holds the portfolio of Minister of Economy and Education of the Swiss government.

The MoU follows a joint statement in 2015 and a three-year agreement in 2018.

The latest statement of intent “calls for direct contact, partnership and joint venture between companies, project executing agencies and other actors in vocational education and training”, ministry statementExternal link noted.

As part of previous agreements on vocational training, several American delegations have visited Switzerland and several American states have launched initiatives to promote education and training on the Swiss model.

The ministry added that Swiss companies operating in the United States play an important role in knowledge transfer.

“Gold Standard”

Switzerland’s famous apprenticeship system is often considered the “gold standard” for vocational training and is the number one choice for young people after leaving school.

For some time now, the United States has been interested in the Swiss system combining training and apprenticeship in a host company.

When Parmelin met US President Joe Biden in Geneva in June, the pair also discussed education and training.

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