The Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education, Firm Behaviour and Training Policies is a joint project under the direction of Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner (University of Zurich) and Prof. Dr. Stefan Wolter (Universität Bern) funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). The SERI has created this Centre of Excellence as a new instrument to ensure the long-term development of Swiss research on vocational education and training (VET).
This includes not only research Projects on the economics of vocational education and training (VET), particularly apprenticeship training and on the actors apprentice, company and state, but also an advanced study programme for young Researchers (PhD students) in the field and the development of network activities. In addition, the basic research on management and economics of vocational education and training (VET), particularly apprenticeship training, results in recommendations for practitioners.
In recent times, apprenticeship training in general and countries with a well-functioning vocational education and training (VET) system in particular have gained increased attention worldwide due to better youth employment rates and a closer link between the educational and employment system. By investigating vocational education and training (VET) systems from different perspectives (economics, management, systems research), the Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education, Firm Behaviour and Training Policies increases the understanding of the Swiss vocational education and training (VET) system and looks for lessons that can be learned for countries that are interested in implementing dual apprenticeship type of training.