Subject-based funding of preparatory courses for federal PET examinations: monitoring concept

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The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) commissioned the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training SFIVET to develop a monitoring concept with regard to the introduction of subject-based funding of preparatory courses for federal PET examinations. Based on the existing scientific literature and data, this study aims at identifying the instruments (data and indicators) needed for monitoring possible effects of subject-based funding within the PET sector.

Initial situation: It is the aim of the partners within the VPET system – and the Confederation in particular - to provide targeted support to tertiary-level professional education and training (PET) (see Master Plan for the VPET System 2012). Among the various objectives, the Confederation intends to significantly increase its contribution to the funding of the PET sector. Discussions are currently underway on various subject-based and supply-driven funding models for preparatory courses for federal PET examinations. The introduction of subject-based funding would bring about a major paradigm shift. Its impact on the number and composition of participants (demand side), the quantity and quality of the course supply and employers’ support practices are difficult to predict.

In order to capture and investigate the impact of subject-based funding on PET participants, preparatory course providers and employers, SERI intends to monitor the transition phase. This requires suitable indicators, which allow a comparison of the situation before and after the systemic change. The main focus will be on the impact of subject-based funding on the number and composition of candidates for federal PET examinations. Furthermore, the study will ask how the impact of the systemic change on the course supply and on employers’ support practices can be monitored.


Literature and data review. Conceptualisation of required indicators and data.

1.2.2014 to 31.5.2014
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Staatssekretariat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation (SBFI)