SFUVET and GAN Global Join Forces to Boost Apprenticeships

Geneva, Switzerland. Date 2023 – The Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) and the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET are pleased to announce their new partnership aimed at further promoting international cooperation in vocational and professional education and training. GAN will work closely with SFUVET to promote and implement dual VET within international companies in Switzerland and abroad. Together, the two institutions will share knowledge and best practices related to vocational and dual education, apprenticeship development, and skills development within and across GAN networks and country partners as well as in the countries where both organizations are active.

SFUVET is the leading higher education institution in vocational education and training in Switzerland, specializing in the education and training of VET teachers, VET research, the development of occupations, and implementation programs in the area.[1] With its commitment to the future of VET, SFUVET supports Switzerland’s renowned dual-track apprenticeship system, which seamlessly integrates classroom learning with practical on-the-job training.

“As Switzerland’s expert organization for vocational education and training, it is our objective to strengthen dual VET in the national and international context. In this regard the partnership with GAN Global and its extensive network will create synergies and new opportunities in order to enhance the quality and the perception of vocational education and training,“ explained Erik Swars, Head of International Relations, SFUVET

“Our mission is for all to have access to a quality work-based learning programme worldwide, and what better place to learn than from Switzerland. Apprenticeship programs are one of the most powerful solutions to bridge the skills gap for both companies and people. It is beneficial for the apprentice, as well as employers, and preps the individual for long-term, meaningful employment,” added Kathryn Rowan, interim Executive Director, GAN Global and Vice President, Human Resources, Zone LATAM & Global Youth Lead, Nestlé.

The partnership between GAN Global and SFUVET will leverage the collective expertise and resources of both organizations to enhance the quality and accessibility of vocational education and training. By fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration, the organizations aim to strengthen vocational education and ensure its sustainability in an evolving global landscape. Together, GAN Global and SFUVET will identify emerging skills needs through research, ensure apprenticeship programs have access to all the necessary information for sustainability within changing industry demands, foster innovation in the field of apprenticeships, and advocate for favourable policies and frameworks that drive apprenticeship engagement and investment.

About SFUVET – The Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET is Switzerland’s expert organisation for vocational education and training. SFUVET offers basic and continuing training to VET professionals, conducts VET research, contributes to the development of occupations, and supports international cooperation in vocational and professional education and training.

[1] https://www.sfuvet.swiss/sfuvet/about-sfuvet