A well-trained workforce
Following the compulsory school years, two-thirds of students choose to follow an apprenticeship program, which provides them with a federal certificate. Upon completion of their vocational training, students have the possibility to continue their education and obtain a professional diploma, thereby allowing them to attend the Swiss universities of applied sciences. The approximately 230 vocational programs offered have been designed to teach the professional skills most needed in the job market, which has in turn helped Switzerland maintain one of the lowest unemployment rates among young people in all of Europe.
Renowned academic institutions
The Greater Geneva Bern area has an incredibly rich concentration of higher educational institutions, most notably the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL
), the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA
) in Thun, five cantonal universities and two important educational networks: the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO
) and the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH