Integration and exclusion processes

By observing the integration and exclusion processes, this research field explores the blind spots of the vocational education and training (VET) system from the perspective of the actors involved. The studies focus on the risks of dropping out, exclusion and discrimination. These topics are examined from a sociological and mainly qualitative perspective. The results help provide partners in constantly improving the system.

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The research field aims to document integration in the VET system based on work on the termination of apprenticeship contracts and subsequent career paths across the different programmes (Federal Vocational Certificate, Federal VET Diploma). From a broader perspective, it also aims to analyse the school-work transition process based on the training system, specifically dual-track programmes. For this purpose, the work carried out in this field focuses on various actors in the system, in particular those whose voice is less heard, whether that is apprentices who have terminated their contract, young people training on programmes with low requirement levels, or work-based trainers.

By adopting a critical sociology perspective, we examine the constraints inherent to the system (tension between the approach of production and that of training) as well as those related to changes in working practices that impact VET, especially work-based training. In this context, we are also interested in the pathways of individuals, occupational health and safety issues in the workplace, recognition or, in the opposite case, stigmatisation (occupation, programme).