In 2020, around 1,780 people completed training as VET professionals (particularly vocational school teachers) at SFIVET – under Corona conditions: during the first lockdown in spring, classes had to be switched to distance learning, and face-to-face classes were also interrupted in the autumn semester 2020/2021. The graduation ceremonies scheduled for 11 September 2020 in the German-speaking region of Switzerland and for 2 November 2020 in the French-speaking region of Switzerland had to be cancelled. SFIVET’s response to this situation ensured that all affected students were able to complete their studies as planned in the summer of 2020.
One of the main priorities for the Basic Training Division was to introduce revised pedagogical training syllabuses for its study programmes. The year 2020 could be described as test run for the new training concept introduced in autumn 2019. The revised syllabuses are consistently based on the situation didactics model and thus enable lessons to be designed to foster skills acquisition through practice. Topics such as the digital transformation, cultural diversity and bilingual instruction are all included in pedagogical training. In addition, SFIVET’s pedagogical training modules allow course participants to adapt their training according to their individual interests and needs. One example of this is the individual training project that course participants work on from the start of their training to the final dissertation.
An initial systematic survey of participants in the new modules confirmed that SFIVET is on the right track with this new training concept: over 80% of those surveyed expressed their satisfaction with the modules.