On 23 September, 2021 the President of the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET’s board Adrian Wüthrich and SFUVET’s Director General, Barbara Fontanellaz met with the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Deputy Director-General for Policy, Martha E. Newton. In presence of representatives of the ILO and Ambassador Félix Baumann, Head of the Division for Multilateral Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN, they have signed a Letter of Understanding to strengthen cooperation, mutual assistance and communication.
The cooperation agreement between the ILO and SFUVET follows up on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Swiss Confederation and the International Labour Organization (ILO), concerning international development cooperation, signed on 1 April 2021 by the President of the Swiss Confederation and the ILO Director-General.
This new cooperation framework sets the terms for areas of cooperation related to skills development and vocational education and training, with possibilities to work jointly on specific projects and research. Moreover, regular communication channels have been established as well as specific steps towards a Joint Plan of Action identified for a closer collaboration in the near future.
About the ILO
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a special organisation of the United Nations that focuses on the world of employment. It draws up international labour and social standards, promotes labour rights and decent jobs, improves social protection and fosters dialogue in the world of employment. The ILO has a unique structure where representatives of governments, employers and trade unions cooperate. It has 187 member states and is the oldest organisation within the UN family.
The ILO has established in 1964 an international training center, the ITC-ILO, that provides a wide offer for courses and trainings on skills development, amongst other topics. SFUVET has been cooperating with the ITC-ILO for over two years and both institutions intend to intensify their cooperation.