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Capacity Building

Capacity Building

Teaching the Swiss way

We train teachers, shop-floor instructors, examiners, master trainers and VET managers in Swiss-based VET pedagogical content and delivery. The trainees may come from companies, vocational institutes or other organizations. Participants are introduced to international training content, teaching pedagogy and didactics, assessment methodologies and practical skills.

Well-trained teachers, VET experts and technical instructors are crucial for creating a highly skilled workforce. In many countries, the lack of skilled technicians is due in large measure to a dire shortage of trainers and mentors. SkillSonics offers a range of courses and workshops to improve the competencies of company and institutional trainers.

Duration
Multi-Skilled Production Technician & Maintenance/Service Technician: 2 to 3 years
  • Instructors: 5 to 24 days
  • Examiners: 5 to 12 days
  • Master Trainer: 12 days
  • Trainers: 3 to 5 days
  • Company Training Center Manager: 8 days

Customised Training

Customized Training

Tailored to your requirements

We design all of our training material in close collaboration with Swiss domain experts.The content is customized to clients’ specific requirements and adapted to trainees educational levels. We deliver the right content for the skills you need.

Designing and Developing
  • Skill-specific course content modules
  • Domain-specific course content modules
  • Lesson plans
  • Assessment papers
  • Audio/video training aids
  • Project plans for hands-on practical training

Skill Development

Skill Development

In the classroom and on the shopfloor

Swiss VET is based on a dual-track apprenticeship system — practical training at a company’s premises is supplemented by vocational and general educational subjects at a VET institute.

SkillSonics can set up training workshops for a client’s employed and contracted technicians, as well as for its vendors’ employees. An entry-level technician gets practical shop-floor training and theoretical instruction. The trainee learns the company’s work processes and its cultural norms. Most importantly, the technician is ready to perform independently at international skill levels after completing the program. Existing technicians can take accelerated courses to upgrade their skills in areas where the company has identified skill gaps or wants to reskill its workforce.

Entry Level: Multi-Skilled Production Technician & Maintenance/Service Technician

Duration: 2 to 3 years

Fields:

  • Conventional Machining
  • CNC Machining
  • Joining of Metals & Sheet Metal
  • Mechatronics
Specialized: Production Technician

Duration: 6 months to 1 year

Fields:

  • Electrical/Mechanical
  • Skills Upgrade: Accelerated courses of up to 1 month
  • For workforce/engineering students
  • Designed in modules for flexible delivery
SVETII - Quality Assurance Project (QAP) Occupational Profiles

Qualification profiles describe the requirements and entry competencies for each occupation. They provide a detailed overview of the necessary professional qualifications which would be acquired during the course of training.

Qualification Profiles
SkillSonics and TCS iON Digital Learning Platform
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Interactive customized content
  • Global and user-friendly access to the platform
  • Digital assessment for various qualifications
  • Perfect complement to practical training
  • Globally available 24/7

Skill Consulting

Skill Consulting

Targeted to your needs

We analyse your requirements, conduct potential demand analysis and provide you with proposals. Our experts go the extra mile to implement the best available program and technical infrastructure calibrated to the specifics of your case.

Areas
  • Skills Gap Analysis
  • Set up centers of excellence
  • Design classroom layouts
  • Design laboratory/ workshop layouts
  • Recommend list of equipment & tools
  • Joint certification with training partners

Swiss Vocational Education and Training

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Case Study

Rafaela Portmann

Automation Technician at MSW

“Switzerland has a very good education system. I am doing an apprenticeship as an automation technician, because I did not want to attend high school. Nevertheless, all doors are still open to me and I can go to college with the help of my vocational baccalaureate.”

Swiss Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET system

Apprenticeship training in Switzerland has a long-standing tradition. Today, VET is the predominant form of high school education in Switzerland. About 65% of all young people are in a VET program. Most VET courses are offered through the company-based dual-track system, so-called because there are two places of learning — a vocational school for general education and a host company for practical training.

Education in Switzerland is a holistic system geared towards the needs of the labor market. It is largely due to VET that Switzerland has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world, and that its companies are successful both at home and in the global marketplace.

In Switzerland, VET programs of two, three or four years exist in approximately 230 occupations in all fields of industry, including commerce, hospitality and agriculture. Students are employed by a host company in their vocational area throughout the program. Those who wish to get a university degree following their apprenticeship may do so after fulfilling certain scholastic requirements.

The strength of Switzerland’s VET system can be attributed to the following characteristics:

  • The system is strongly driven by employers and market. Theoretical instruction and practical training are directly linked to company requirements.
  • VET is not the realm of low achievers but regarded as a desirable entry point to a promising career.
  • VET offers career opportunities to participants since they have the relevant hard and soft skills, and hands-on experience.
  • The Swiss system is permeable, allowing people who have done VET to later get an academic degree and vice versa. In this sense, no person is locked into a single professional path and can move between educational systems with relative ease.

Swiss VET is a joint mission of the public and private sectors. The tasks are shared among the Swiss Confederation that functions as the overall regulatory body in charge of quality assurance; the industry associations that define the training content; the 26 cantons that supervise implementation; and the host companies that hire apprentices under special training contracts.