A new brief from NCEE explores how, in the wake of the pandemic, education systems both in the U.S. and abroad are harnessing innovation and digital technologies to deepen and accelerate learning for all students.

With 70 percent of young people participating, Switzerland’s vocational education and training (VET) system is a world leader in preparing young people for the high-skill, in-demand jobs now powering the strong Swiss economy. The Center on International Education Benchmarking’s recent report—Gold Standard: The Swiss Vocational Education and Training System—was among the subjects discussed at a recent Askwith Forum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) entitled “Schooling in the Workplace: The Swiss Model”.

Featuring Gold Standard co-author and HGSE Professor Emeritus Robert Schwartz as moderator, panelists included:

  • Betsy Brown Ruzzi, CIEB Director
  • Nancy Hoffman, Vice President, Jobs for the Future and Gold Standard co-author
  • Ursula Renold, Former General Director Federal Office for Professional Education and Training, Swizerland
  • Noel Ginsburg, CEO, Intertech Plastics Chair of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance.

The discussion centered on what makes the Swiss VET system such a success and the lessons the U.S. and other systems can learn from it. Watch the full discussion below.