Dual-track VET programme

This term refers to Swiss VET programmes that combine classroom instruction at a VET school and apprenticeship training at a host company. The dual-track system requires an apprenticeship contract to be signed between the host company and the learner. Generally speaking, host companies provide apprenticeship training. For certain occupations, this apprenticeship training is complemented by branch courses. VET schools provide vocational instruction (technical knowledge) and Instruction in language, communication and society (LCS). The apprentices spend most of their time in the company where they receive apprenticeship training. The acquisition of occupational qualifications is not limited to technical aspects but also includes other aspects that characterise an occupation.

In dual-track VET programmes, responsibility for training future employees mainly lies with the private sector. This ensures that there is an adequate correlation between training content and the actual needs of the labour market.