The monitoring of VET is conducted by the Federal Office for Statistics and SERI, as well as by the Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SCCRE). The Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) is the Swiss governmental centre of competence for the provision of tertiary-level basic and continuing training to VET actors, for the development of occupations and for VET research. The Swiss confederation supports and funds the sustainable establishment of VET research in Leading Houses and individual research projects at Higher Education institutions.

Federal Research Institution

Financed by the Confederation, the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) is the Swiss governmental centre of competence for the provision of tertiary-level basic and continuing training to VET actors, for the development of occupations and for VET research. There are three regional campuses (Lausanne, Lugano, Zollikofen), one in each language region. SFIVET mainly provides basic and continuing training to VET and PET professionals and examiners. It is also involved in applied research, studies, pilot projects and the provision of services.

Funding of VET research

In accordance with the Vocational and Professional Education and Training Act (VPETA) the Swiss Confederation supports the sustainable establishment of VET research (Art. 4 VPETA). The respective funding programme is administered and overseen by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). The programme aims to achieve the following three objectives: firmly establishing VET research in Switzerland, ensuring that policymaking for Switzerland’s VPET system is backed by solid research findings and developing the VPET system on a continuous basis. A scientific steering committee provides SERI with advice on funding. Moreover, the committee plays a key role in scientific quality assurance regarding the VPET research program. There are two funding mechanisms: Leading houses (LHs) and individual research projects (IRPs).

Leading Houses LH

Leading Houses conduct academic research on specific topics relating to the VPET system and they serve as a competence network for vocational and professional education and training. Leading Houses are located at Higher Education Institutes like universities. The various research projects are coordinated by a professor or a research group. Currently, the SERI programme provides funding to four Leading Houses:

  1. Leading House “Economics of Education: Firm Behaviour and Training Policies” (LH Econ), University of Zurich;
  2. Leading House “Technologies for Vocational Training” (LH Dual-T), Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL ;
  3. Leading House “Learning and Instruction for Commercial Apprentices” (LH LINCA), University of Zurich
  4. Leading House “Governance in Vocational and Professional Education and Training” (LH GOVPET), University of St. Gall

Individual research projects IRP

In addition, SERI sponsors individual research projects (IRP) devoted to a clearly delimited subject. IRPs examine questions and innovative features of the VPET system that are not addressed by Leading House research projects. All types of research institutions are eligible for IRP-funding (including universities, universities of applied sciences or the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Ed-ucation and Training SFIVET).

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Leading Houses