The shortage of qualified personnel in Switzerland is also a significant problem for companies operating in the textiles and clothing industry. These companies rely on highly qualified personnel, especially those with a technological background, to secure their competitive and innovative capacity.
We are committed to strengthening an education system that is oriented on the labour market and provides practical training. This calls for high quality, transparency and flexibility with a broad range of education paths. Our aim is to promote attractive vocational training, individual career planning and a broad range of development opportunities. In order to create ideal conditions for basic vocational training, we foster cooperation and harmony between the main involved partners: the federal government, the cantons and labour market organisations. The high quality curricula that are developed in this way form the basis for lifelong learning and a high degree of employability. We also support the development of the employment potential of people without a formal training background by offering them simplified catch-up courses. We are also of the view that there is a need to intensify higher vocational training and strengthen its position. This represents something of an anomaly in the European context in that it is coming under increasing pressure due to the strong focus on university education systems in other countries. Together with other players in the education system, we are actively campaigning to ensure that the recognition and value of qualifications remain intact on the domestic and international labour markets.