Collective governance of the Swiss VPET system

Collective governance of the Swiss VPET system is a fundamental principle that is expressly laid down in the first article of the Vocational and Professional Education and Training Act (VPETA, SR 412.10).

Responsibility for upper-secondary level vocational education and training (VET) and tertiary-level professional education and training (PET) is shared by the Confederation, the Cantons and professional organisations. None of the parties has the right to decide alone. Dialogue and the joint search for solutions are of major importance.

Within the Swiss VET sector, the three main partners combine their efforts to ensure top-quality VET programmes and sufficient apprenticeship positions.