The internationalisation of Switzerland’s VET system brings clear added value for all involved.
  • Apprentices and recent VET graduates enhance their personal, social, intercultural, language and technical skills through mobility and therefore improve their employability.
  • Vocational training offices and vocational schools can position themselves as innovative and attractive training centres, help strengthen Switzerland’s VET system, counteract the skills shortage and expand their international links.
  • Professional associations can get involved in delivering future-oriented VET with a focus on training open-minded young professionals.
  • Educational institutions work together in transnational, European partnerships (involving Swiss and European actors) to develop innovative results,  exchange good practice and tackle skills gaps with regard to the occupational profiles of specific sectors.  
Movetia covers certain costs of European mobility projects through flat-rate allowances, and the costs associated with Swiss actors participating in strategic partnerships with European players. As a basic principle, projects should contribute to the development of the Swiss education system and help develop international links.   

What types of projects are supported in the field of vocational education and training?

Mobility
  • Mobility projects vocational internship with and without linguistic support for VET learners and recent VET graduates. Job shadowing, networking, guest talks and exchange on basic and further education for staff in the field of VET (school-based or professionally organised). 
Cooperation 
  • Strategic partnerships facilitate transnational cooperation between institutions in the field of VET to promote innovation and to exchange good practice.
  • Sector Skills Alliances (central projects) aim to tackle skills gaps transnationally with regard to one or more occupational profiles in a specific sector.
    The calls for proposals for Sector Skills Alliances are carried out by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
    Please contact us for more details on participation conditions and how to apply.

Preparatory visits

If you are involved in vocational education and training and are planning either a mobility project or strategic partnership, you can visit the future partner organisation(s) before submitting the project. Flat-rate allowances can be applied for to cover travel and subsistence costs for preparatory visits where the goal is to build a stable partnership and plan the project. You’ll find more information here