Claude Pottier

Claude Pottier

"Switzerland’s vocational and professional education and training system owes its recognised success to the partnership between the Confederation, the cantons and professional organisations. At the same time, this system must continue to evolve and innovate in order to meet the many challenges of the future and satisfy the needs of the economy and the labour market. To this end, it can rely on an institute that reinforces the competences of all stakeholders, supports them in their thinking and activities and, through applied research, brings added value to the entire VPET system."

Work experience

Director of Schweizerisches Dienstleistungszentrum Berufsbildung | Berufs-, Studien- und Laufbahnberatung SDBB (since 2021)

Head of Training and Career Counselling Service, Canton of Valais (2006-2021)

Dean of ECCG school in Monthey (2001-2006)

Dean of private school in Aigle (1999-2001)

Assistant and PhD student to the Chair in Medieval Philosophy, University of Fribourg (1994-1999)


Studies in philosophy (Medieval Philosophy, Ethics and Political Philosophy, Theology) at the University of Fribourg (1987-1994)

Master in Philosophy from the University of Fribourg (1995)

CAS ‘Philosophy and Management: philosophical concepts for executives’, continuing training course at the University of Fribourg, March 2013

ISPFP training course for deans of vocational schools 2004-2006

FORRES training course for deans of schools (FORRES) 2003-2005.

Federal Baccalaureate, type B

Teaching experience

Dean and teacher at the ECA school in Aigle (lower-secondary level),

Dean and teacher of French and philosophy at the ECCG school in Monthey (upper-secondary level)


Member of Foundation Board of SwissSkills since 2010

Member of Federal Commission for Professional Education Institutions (EKHF/CFES/FCPEI) since 2008

Member of the Organising Committee of the ‘Your Challenge’ Valais trade and training fairsince 2007

Chairman of the Board of the Hotel & Gastro Formation’s Intercantonal Cooking School (CPIC) in Weggis since May 2012

Member of the Swiss Conference of VET Offices (SBBK/CSFP) and of the Conference of Post-Compulsory Education of French-speaking Switzerland (CLPO) 2006-2021

Municipal councillor in Monthey (2001 to 2006)