VET school

VET schools (different types: e.g. vocational schools, commercial schools, IT schools, trade schools) have their own specific training mission. They provide classroom instruction (i.e. vocational instruction, instruction in language, communication and society and physical education) in accordance with an established VET ordinance and training plan. Vocational instruction provides learners with the theoretical knowledge they require to carry out their chosen occupation. Language, communication and society instruction (LCS) encourages the learner’s personal development and imparts social competences. Numerous VET schools also offer a preparatory course for the Federal Vocational Baccalaureate (FVB) examination.

The supplemental activities on offer at VET schools are part of classroom instruction. These may include excursions and visits that are intended to broaden technical and/or general knowledge. Learners are required to take part in these activities. The host company's consent is required if they take place during working hours. The terms and conditions are generally laid down in the VET school's regulations or in cantonal legislation.

In addition, VET schools offer remedial courses and optional courses for apprentices. They may also organise advanced courses, e.g. professional education and training (PET) and job-related continuing education and training (CET).

Additional Information

Cantonal and/or municipal provisions

Training plan (accompanies each VET ordinance)

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