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Validation of skills acquired through experience.

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
In addition to vocational training, a diploma recognized by the confederation can be obtained also through personal experiences, acquired privately or professionally, which are recognized as a way of acquiring operational competencies relevant for the chosen profession. This innovation stems from the new federal law on vocational training (art. 33), in force since the 1st of January 2004.
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • education
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
In force since the 1st of January 2004.
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: unknown
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: unknown
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The aim is to encourage life-long learning and to increase labour market opportunities of low skilled people (without upper secondary education) by formally recognizing experiences through a diploma.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
moderate programmatic change
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • learning workplaces (It is hard to assess this, however it is likely to believe that the measure has had an impact in this respect)
  • lifelong learning (It is hard to assess this, however it is likely to believe that the measure has had an impact in this respect.)
Intended target group
Low qualified workers
Working age population
  • educational level (low/medium/high) (mainly low, but not exclusively)
  • income level (low/medium/high) (mainly low)
  • main source of income: paid work
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
  • employers (organised or individual)
  • regional government
Clarification of the role of various actors
The confederation is in charge of assuring the quality and development of the global system. Cantons are in charge of the implementation of the validation procedures. The organizations of the world of work are responsible of the content of the initial professional trainings.
Intended output
  • learning workplaces
  • lifelong learning
Intended and unintended outcomes
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
Through a recognized diploma, low skilled workers with a consistent experience relevant to their professional sphere have better chances on the labour market.
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