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1 International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training September 2014 Winterthur (Switzerland) Workshops and presentations for international decision-makers in politics, economy and science responsible for vocational and professional education and training matters SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE

2 Welcome to the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training in Winterthur From 15 to 18 September 2014, the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training will take place in Winterthur, Switzerland. The congress is mainly aimed at an international audience. It s intended to be a platform for the exchange of information, contacts and discussions on the topic of vocational and professional education and training. The establishment of a dialogue should create better frameworks in view of an international cooperation in this field. The congress is also an opportunity to experience the Swiss vocational and professional education and training system first-hand. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training in September 2014 in Winterthur!

3 Performers, presenters and keynote speakers: Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) Jill Biden (tbc) Wife of U.S. Vice President; Community College to Career Guy Ryder (tbc) Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Jean-Pascal Bobst CEO of Bobst Group Subramaniam Ramadorai Chairman of National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), India Stefan Wolter Managing Director of the Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SCCRE) Panel discussion with: Antonio Silva Mendes Director for Education and Vocational Training at the Directorate-General Education & Culture in the European Commission Valentin Vogt Chairman of the Burckhardt Compression Holding and President of the Swiss Employers confederation James Wall Executive Director of National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), USA Andreas Wieland CEO of the U.S. Company Hamilton Seminars with contributions from: Hans Hess President of Swissmem Sven-Uwe Räß German employers association, Gesamtmetall, Head of Department VET Denise Amyot President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) Emmanuelle Wargon Delegate for labour and vocational training at the French Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Dialogue Antoine Foucher Director of Social Affairs, Education and Training at the French Business Confederation, Medef

4 Programme Welcome event: cocktail party Official opening Speeches from key players in politics, economy and science Panel discussion Thematic seminars Gala evening including artistic performances The Swiss vocational and professional education and training system in a first-hand experience: visits of host companies, vocational schools and other training schemes Dinner and welcoming speech by the Department of Education, Canton of Zurich Speeches from key players in politics, economy and science Visit of SwissSkills Bern 2014, the first Swiss vocational education and training competitions Please note that some programme content may be subject to change. Registration Ensure your participation and register now on: Please note that the number of participants is limited. Attendance fee excluding travel and accommodation expenses: CHF excl. VAT Languages: English (main), German, French (simultaneous translation will be provided) Venue: Theater Winterthur

5 Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Swiss Federal Council «The vocational and professional education and training is part of the Swiss success story: it allows for the creation of a hub of qualified professionals and managers and guarantees high employment and prosperity. For generations, the private and public sector have been sharing the responsibility for vocational and professional education and training.» Subramaniam Ramadorai, National Skill Development «Bridges between industry and education is critical to ensure that the education system is in tune with the requirements of the economy. Private-public partnerships will help strengthen the vocational and professional education ecosystem.» Stefan Wolter, Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education «A strong vocational and professional education and training system creates a win-win situation for companies and apprentices.» Antonio Silva Mendes, Directorate-General Education & Culture in the European Commission «Excellence in VET has the potential to support and even drive competitiveness and growth.»

6 Winterthur as a Center of Education Winterthur has long enjoyed an excellent reputation as a center of education. The Technikum, a technical college that today is part of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), is a good example of Winterthur s educational institutions with a long history. The great Albert Einstein himself taught Mathematics and Descriptive Geometry there for several months in the year Further specialist institutions located in Winterthur include the Swiss School of Technical Training Winterthur, Swissmem Kaderschule und Berufsbildung (management and vocational training), Ausbildungszentrum Winterthur (Educational Centre Winterthur technical training) and Zentrum für Ausbildung im Gesundheitswesen (healthcare education).

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