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Upskilling on the job

In many companies, the workplace is naturally a place of learning. However, it cannot be taken for granted that what has been learned flows directly back into the work process. For a specific group of employees in Switzerland, this is particularly inadequate:  people whose basic skills are no longer sufficient due to rapid technological development.

The workplace: A starting point for learning

The retention of their jobs is directly linked to further education, which qualifies them for further employment in a more demanding environment. This involves concrete content and feasible steps; the situation at work is the starting point for learning.

Learning content includes, for example, understanding work instructions, the creation of electronic work plans and much more. All basic skills are addressed: From oral and written communication to everyday mathematics and ICT skills.

Because this learning is based on actual situations, the effect on the daily work process is immediate, as long as the transfer is organized.

A federal funding priority

Companies that are willing to offer such a support to their employees can receive funding from the state. The Federal Council has recognised the importance of basic competences and approved the corresponding funds by establishing it as a funding priority.

This is a milestone in further education policy and at the same time an opportunity for education providers. To seize this opportunity, they need working models and support. The SVEB offers both.

GO as a method and instrument

The conceptual framework of the funding programme is the GO model. It is available to providers as a method and a working tool.

The GO model: Five steps to a sustainable promotion of basic skills in the workplace. (in German)

SVEB services: Advice on the proper use of the GO model and more. (in German)

Funding priority basic skills: The federal government is investing up to CHF 13 million in job-oriented further training. (in German)