Fifty years of commitment to VET

On 19 April 2023, the Federal Council approved the 2022 annual report of the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET. The main highlights of the year were the fiftieth anniversary of the institution and its accreditation as a university of teacher education.

Several events were organised to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary. The SustainableSkills symposium set the pace, with Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin awarding the 'Enterprize 2022' to an innovative VET project to encourage mobility. SFUVET was also present at the 2022 SwissSkills competition with an exhibition entitled 'At the Heart of Apprenticeships'. The year was topped off by a book-showing event for the commemorative publication 'Didactics and Situations'.

In 2022, over 13,000 people completed basic or continuing training at SFUVET. Our institution took part in 48 research projects and led 343 projects to develop, review and revise training programmes. At international level, SFUVET provided its expertise to numerous projects and received 23 foreign delegations.

The 2022 financial statement showed a profit of CHF 650,000 based on expenditures of CHF 47.95 million and revenues of CHF 48.60 million. SFUVET's reserves, which are used to offset losses as well as to finance projects and planned capital expenditure, stood at CHF 3.53 million at the end of 2022.

The Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training 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.

SFUVET’s predecessor, the Swiss Pedagogical Institute for Vocational Education SPIVE, was established in 1972. At the time, the main focus was on providing pedagogical training to vocational school teachers. In 1975, a second campus was opened in Lausanne and in 1991 a third one in Lugano. In 2007, SPIVE became the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training. The transformation into the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training was initiated in 2021 and completed in 2022, SFUVET obtaining its institutional accreditation as a university of teacher education.