GOVPET: Governance in Vocational and Professional Education and Training
In order to ensure a successful cooperation between the stakeholders, effective strategies are required. Which are these and how exactly do they work is the topic of an extensive research. It is in this context that the Leading House Governance in Vocational and Professional Education and Training (GOVPET) raises two key research questions: 1. How the decentralised cooperation between the players is implemented, despite any challenges, and what is the role of public control and education policy coordination to ensure the structures’ private commitment? And 2. How can private players be persuaded to assume responsibility, even when the benefits (e.g., training of well-qualified workers for the company) are not immediately visible, such as the employment of less talented young people.
Both research topics are implemented as part of eight projects that are analysed within the Leading Houses GOVPET, and that are carried out in four locations: At the University of St. Gallen under the control of Prof. Dr. Patrick Emmenegger, at the University of Cologne under the control of Prof. Dr. Christine Trampusch, at the University of Lausanne, under the control of Prof. Dr. Giuliano Bonoli, and at the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training EHB IFFP IUFFP in Zollikofen under the control of Prof. Dr. Carmen Baumeler.
In Zollikofen, as part of the ‘Sectoral differences in decentralised cooperation’ project, the team analyses how professional organisations on the labour market would assume certain responsibilities with respect to the implementation of training concepts and contents in their professional field. It is in this context that special consideration will be given to the heterogeneity (e.g., in respect to their size, education traditions, etc.) of the various OdAs. The study focuses on the history of the selected institutions, their structure, membership and financial resources with regard to the differences in the success of the cooperation between the various economic sectors.
Empiric-qualitative, collection of own data, semi-structured interviews