Mission History Milestones

  • Mission

We implement top-quality vocational education and training based on Swiss know-how and methods at companies, training institutes and public organizations to address the global need for skilled labor and enhance the competitiveness and productivity of the private sector.

Image: The first mission to India in 2008. The delegation in front of the Embassy of Switzerland to India, Delhi.

  • History​

SkillSonics grew out of the Swiss Vocational Education and Training Initiative India (SVETII). SVETII was launched in 2008 as a public-private partnership on the occasion of the sixty year anniversary of the Indo-Swiss Friendship and Establishment Treaty in cooperation with the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), Swissmem, Switzerland’s electro-mechanical engineering association and the Swiss private sector. The company was founded in September 2011 and became operational in 2012.  SkillSonics’ partner companies in India are ABB, ACC, ACE Foundation, Ambuja Cement, Bobst, Bühler, Burckhardt Compression, EFD Induction, GMM Pfaudler, Rieter, Rhino Machines and Starrag. They were the first companies to start in-house apprentice training in India with SkillSonics and its partners in the framework of SVETII.

Image: Graduation celebration of the first batch of apprentices.

Milestones

2008-2010:

SVETII Pilot Project launched by the Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce (SICC)

Knowledge Partners: Swissmem, Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET)

Companies: Rieter, Bobst, Buhler, Burckhardt Compression

Public Private Partnership: Matching funding through Vocational and Professional Education and Training Act (VPETA) (50%) and the private sector (50%)

Two-year apprenticeship courses conducted in two locations in India

2010:

Completion of the SVETII Pilot Project

Knowledge Partner: Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET)

Companies: Rieter, Bobst, Buhler, Burckhardt Compression, ABB, Starrag, GMM Pfaudler, EFD Induction

Public Private Partnership: Matching funding through VPETA (50%) and the private sector (50%)

One and two-year apprenticeship courses in six locations in India

2011:

Founding of SkillSonics India Pvt. Ltd.

2013:

Evaluation of the pilot project by econcept ag, Zurich, Switzerland

2014:

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Swiss-South African Cooperation Initiative (SSACI)

2015:

Implementation of the Quality Assurance Project (led by SkillSonics AG)

Design and implementation of four Train-the-Trainer Profiles and eight Training Modules

Knowledge Partners: Swissmem, Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) and Mechatronik Schule Winterthur (MSW)

Locations in Bangalore, Pune and Vadodara

2016:

Companies: ABB, ACE Foundation, Buhler, Rieter, Tata Strive, Texmo

Funding from VPETA (60%) and the private sector (40%)

Formation of the SkillSonics Advisory Board

2017:

Evaluation of the Quality Assurance Project by acrossconcept GmbH, Naters, Switzerland

2017:

Founding of SkillSonics International AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Letter of Intent signed with Fundes International, Costa Rica

2018:

Expansion of investment base in SkillSonics India Pvt. Ltd. and SkillSonics International AG

Signing of MoU with Tata Consultancy Services (TCSiON Digital Lifelong Learning Platform)