Apprenticeships are an integral and important part of Switzerland’s educational system. This well-established career pathway offers perspectives for youth and contributes to very low student debt in Switzerland. More than two-thirds of Swiss students start out with an apprenticeship after compulsory school.
Swiss companies see apprenticeships as a strategy for building a talent pool, which is why they have a strong interest in investing in the next generation of skilled workers. Some of those companies have set up apprenticeship programs at their U.S. locations, paving the way for developing and implementing apprenticeship programs inspired by the Swiss model in the United States. Apprenticeship programs have attracted widespread interest among U.S. federal and state government agencies, companies, researchers, educational institutions and workforce development advocates