SAVOIRSOCIAL careers study

Kids paint with child care worker / educator
​​The social care field also faces the problem of shortages of skilled workers. The umbrella organisation for Swiss social care SAVOIRSOCIAL would like to take targeted action to address these shortages.

In order to obtain clear information, SAVOIRSOCIAL has commissioned SFIVET to conduct surveys on the training, apprenticeship and working conditions as well as on subsequent career progression of social care workers. In particular, the aim will be to shed light on the factors that prompt people to enter, remain in and leave the social care field. 


The careers study will be broken down into three surveys covering the period running from August 2016 to September 2019: the first will be a longitudinal survey of learners undergoing training for the Federal VET Diploma and students enrolled in a training programme at a Swiss college of higher education; the second will be a survey of employed social care workers; and the third a survey of individuals who chose to no longer remain in the social care field.

  • Sep 16 – Dec 17
    First wave of longitudinal survey of apprentices in the last year of training for the Federal VET Diploma in Social Care and students in their last year at a Swiss college of higher education
  • Feb 17 – Mai 17
    Cross-sectional survey of social care workers
  • Feb 17 – Jan 18
    Quantitative and qualitative survey of former social care workers
  • Dec 18 – Mar 19
    Second wave of longitudinal survey 1.5 years after graduation for holders of the Federal VET Diploma in Social Care and social care graduates of a Swiss college of higher education

Quantitative descriptive and multivariate analytical methods will be used to study training and career progression as well as their influencing factors. In addition, qualitative methods will be used to analyse the reasons why individuals chose to leave the social care field. The analyses will include a comparison of career motivation, career progression and their determinants in three different working contexts: social care for children, social care for the elderly and social care for the disabled. Analyses will also take language regions into account.

Practical benefits
The results of the careers study will provide information enabling social care professional organisations, social care firms, colleges of higher education, vocational schools and cantonal departments of education and social care to assess existing training programmes and working conditions at social care firms. They will then be able to decide on strategic measures to ensure an adequate supply of skilled social care workers.

Format: 2019