Switzerland is universally respected for its highly successful economy. It has long enjoyed low unemployment and inflation, and an exceptionally satisfactory transition process for youngsters from school to work. This book provides a nuts-and-bolts comparison of how that more successful transition is brought about. It explains the different emphases of Swiss secondary schooling by focusing on the way in which both academic and practical subjects are taught. The different ways in which career guidance and spells of work experience are handled in Britain and Switzerland are also compared.
• Provides a unique account of how Swiss schooling and training differs from Britain's • Shows how and why the transition from school to work is more successful in Switzerland, providing the Swiss with a highly skilled workforce • Emphasizes the importance of career guidance and work experience (apprenticeship) in secondary education
Preface; 1. Two very different education ideals; 2. Schooling as preparation for life and work; 3. Vocational guidance; 4. Vocational training and qualifications; 5. Problems and developments.