In the mature apprenticeship systems there is a wide offer of programmes at different qualification levels. The obtained qualifications which are included in the national qualifications frameworks target both the private and the public sector. Due to the involvement of the social partners the programmes mirror the characteristics and requirements of the economy . Social partners play a key role in the monitoring and identification of emerging trends, which have implications on the future demand for skilled workers. Key success factor of apprenticeship is that it leads to a nationally recognized qualification, which eases the transition to labour markets and provides access to further and continuing educuation.

The Luxembourgish VET system leads to three officially recognized qualifications: The vocational capacity certificate (CCP), the vocational aptitude diploma (DAP) and the technician’s diploma (DT). All three qualifications enable a direct access to the labour market. Moreover, the DAP and the DT offer the possibility to access higher education after the successful completion of optional preparatory modules in languages and mathematics followed either during or after completion of the initial training.

Two-thirds of a Swiss youth cohort enrol in vocational education and training (VET) at the end of compulsory education (at the age of about 15/16). There are around 230 occupations to choose from, each of them following a clearly defined national curriculum and national qualification procedure. The VET sector gives a solid foundation for lifelong learning and leads to a wealth of job prospects.