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History of Vocational Education and Training in Europe

Cases, Concepts and Challenges


Esther Berner and Philipp Gonon

Understanding today’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems requires a comprehension of the rise and development, i.e. of the foundations of topical VET. This book provides a comparative view of its development in Europe. The contributions of renowned authors give insight into conceptual questions, cases and challenges in this field.

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The Pathway to the Swiss Federal Vocational Baccalaureate


Abstract: This article provides a trajectory of the modern Swiss Vocational Education and Training System, based on the model of an interdisciplinary perspective of path dependence. A specific focus will be on the rise and establishment of the Federal Vocational Baccalaureate which converts the traditional and predominant apprenticeship-system in Switzerland into a more school-based scheme.

1.  Introduction – Path Dependence and the Development of VET Systems

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