For the Expo 2020 Knowledge and Learning thematic week, the Swiss Pavilion in collaboration with Swissnex and in partnership with Swiss and Emirati partners and speakers, organized events that shed lights on the importance of adopting the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system to create and secure more job opportunities for youth.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training
During the week, visitors got the opportunity to interact with TVET alumni from Switzerland and learn from the success stories of young professionals. The Swiss mission was to elaborate on how vocational education can provide youth with flexible learning skills and a mind-set adapted to lifelong learning. These topics were discussed with experts from Switzerland and the UAE on a panel moderated by swissinfo.ch. The UAE is a pioneer on TVET in the region, and consistently introduces and develops programmes that focus on future workplace challenges aimed at achieving a sustainable and diversified knowledge-based economy.
Switzerland exchanges knowledge at both diplomatic and technical levels. The Swiss Pavilion welcomed delegations interested in finding out more about the Swiss TVET system. Moreover, several workshops were held at the Pavilion generating international interest starting from the friendly jewellery making competition to reinforce Swiss- UAE TVET partnership, Oman-Swiss TVET Exchange event took part as well sharing practices from Oman and Switzerland with regards to TVET, Emirates Skills was created to plant the seed of TVET and contribute to the fulfillment of the ultimate goal of a sustainable knowledge-based economy for the futuristic UAE.
Not to forget Ethafa, the project explores ways to bridge the gap in tech education and engage more Arab girls in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) disciplines, held another workshop.
During the Knowledge & Learning week also our exhibition was all about #LearningTomorrow and the Swiss vocational education and training, which has been successfully modernised since the 1990s with more policies centred on individual skills and career development.
The Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) within the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) is the Swiss federal government’s specialised agency for national and international matters concerning education, research and innovation policy. SERI works closely with the Cantons and professional organisations to coordinate vocational education and training. SERI is responsible for the following areas: Supervision and enactment of VET ordinances (formerly referred to as training regulations), Continued development of VET programmes and Establishing regulations for the Federal Vocational Baccalaureate.
SwissSkills promotes professional championships in Switzerland and enables young professionals to participate in the international professional championships WorldSkills and EuroSkills. Today it is supported by the federal government, the cantons and all relevant organizations in the world of work. It also promotes TVET thanks to its Ambassadors programme, which is composed of leading Swiss TVET alumni, most of whom take part in professional championships.
The Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training SFUVET is Switzerland’s expert organisation for vocational education and training. It offers basic and continuing training to VET professionals, conducts VET research, contributes to the development of occupations and supports international cooperation in vocational and professional education and training.
Ethafa is the Arabic word for STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The Ethafa project was started to rethink how to bridge the gap in tech education and how to engage more Arabic girls in STEAM and technology disciplines. It is a project which originates from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).