Lifelong learning for vocational education and training

The Federal Council approved the 2023 annual report of the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET on 24 April 2024. Lifelong learning and the promotion of open science were key themes last year.

12,550 people underwent basic and continuing training at SFUVET in 2023. The university completed 50 research projects and assisted its VET partners in 436 occupational development projects. At international level, SFUVET presented Switzerland’s VET system to 35 foreign delegations and worked on several mandates of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Lifelong learning is a guiding principle of VET itself and of basic and continuing training for VET professionals. SFUVET has built on this guiding principle, and provides VET professionals with integrated, innovative and individual study courses that take into account their existing competencies and open up new prospects on their personal training pathway. In this way, SFUVET helps to ensure that VET professionals all over Switzerland can keep pace with the accelerating transformation of the world of work.

SFUVET’s research on key VET topics such as the role of VET trainers and applications of the digital transformation is instrumental in the advancement of VET. SFUVET supports the federal government’s open science policy with its research management.

Based on expenses of CHF 49.10 million and income of CHF 49.68 million, SFUVET posted a year-end profit of CHF 0.58 million in 2023. As a result, equity, which serves to cover losses and fund projects and capital expenditure, increased to CHF 4.10 million.

SFUVET is Switzerland’s expert organisation for vocational education and training. It 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. It has regional campuses in Zollikofen near Bern (main campus), Lausanne and Lugano as well as off-campus space in Olten and Zurich.