07 January 2020–31 December 2022
Exhibitions at various fairs

At the heart of apprenticeships

The ‘At the heart of apprenticeships’ exhibition offers visitors the chance to experience what workplace training is like, from the time when a learner is hired by a host company to when he/she completes vocational education and training for the chosen occupation. By examining workplace training more closely, the exhibition sheds light on the strengths and weaknesses of dual-track VET, which is the most frequent form of vocational education and training in Switzerland. The exhibition will be presented at various job fairs in the French-speaking region of Switzerland and as well as at the SwissSkills competition, between 2020 and 2022.

stylised drawing in blue color of 3 young women and 1 boy

Immerse yourself in the day-to-day experience of workplace training. This interactive exhibition is based on the results of several sociological studies conducted by the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET. It uses facts, figures and testimonials to describe the real-life situations of apprentices and on-the-job trainers and also highlights some of the main challenges of workplace training. By following the full progression of a VET programme, visitors gain insight into how the knowledge and know-how associated with a given occupation are passed on to the next generation of workers and how future professionals are ‘made’.

The exhibition will be shown at various trade fairs and was made possible thanks to support from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Loterie romande. It is intended primarily for pupils who wish to find out more about Swiss dual-track VET programmes so that they are better prepared to enter this new world. The exhibition is also intended for those who will be accompanying young people at the exhibition (teachers, parents) as well as for workplace trainers and professional organisations. As such, it serves as a source of information and reflection.

Various tools are available to prepare for the visit and/or guide visitors: a website offering in-depth information and documents, an educational file, and exhibition pamphlet. Finally, various activities will be proposed such as guided tours, symposiums, round table meetings and discussions.


Past exhibitions

7-11 September 2022SwissSkillsBern 
19-30 septembre 2022Le Repuis            Grandson 
22-27 November 2022Cité-métiers.chGeneva 
23-27 mars 2022Salon interjurassien de la formation    Delémont 
8-13 février 2022 START! Forum des métiers    Fribourg 
16-21 novembre 2021 Salon des métiers et de la formation    Lausanne 
11-16 février 2020Your Challenge            Martigny 


Curator:Nadia Lamamra
Research team:Nadia Lamamra
 Barbara Duc
 Isabelle Dauner Gardiol
Events & Exhibitions:Patrick Auderset - Collège du travail
Scenografy:Stéphane Kläfiger - Kläfiger Muséographie
Graphic design:studio KO
Mediation:Isabelle Closuit Chouadra
Media Relations:Tania Buri
Movies: Katharine Dominicé - Gena John & the Kids
German translation:Martina Amstutz



With the generous support of

Interactive Image with clickable areasFonds National Suisse de la recherche scientifiqueLoterie RomandeCIIPFonds cantonal formation professionnelle, ValaisFondation cantonale pour la formation professionnelle – FONPRO, VaudFonds pour le soutien aux formations professionnelles – FSFP, Jura