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Dual Education System

The Dual Education System allows students to combine an apprenticeship with a vocational education. There is a strong commitment of the companies to offer these apprenticeships and contribute to the education of young professionals.

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In Switzerland there is a long tradition of the Dual Education System. From this it fallows that there are two possibilities to enter the workforce:

1) After nine years of primary and secondary school there is the possibility to do an apprenticeship in a company combined with a vocational education. The advantage is, that the student is an employee of the company from the beginning and receives tasks according to his growing abilities. There is a strong commitment of the companies to offer these apprenticeships and contribute to the education of young professionals.

2) There is the possibility to complete high school and college after the nine years of compulsory school. The advantage is the high education level of the students.

With this system, students can enter the workforce at different ages and there are more individual ways to form their skills.

More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_education_system

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In Germany, dual education is also established on the tertiary level. Students have a contract with a company throughout their undergraduate course and work between the semesters. Usually, they have the possibility get involved in different departments and hence gain experience in various fields as well as decide what they like for themselves. One university offering such courses is the Baden Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University: http://www.dhbw.de/english.html

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This used to be a feature of Australian tertiary education too.
With an upturn in the number of graduates from appropriate disciplines there was a gradual decline in this followed by a downturn in manufacturing this has all but completely disappeared.
Globalisation has contributed too.
I am glad to see these approaches surviving elsewhere.
Certainly we have adopted a similar model to the Swiss one as Australia focuses more on service type industries.