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Vocational Education and Training

Well-educated and dedicated professionals deliver an excellent performance for the hospitality industry. The key to this is a sound basic education.

Vocational education and training in school hotels

Our school hotels are vocational boarding-schools which are recognized by both the Federal government and the Cantons. Twice a year, the school hotels welcome those who wish to train as employees or specialists in restaurant service or hotel housekeeping for a five-week period of lessons. These school-based periods of learning complement the ongoing instruction provided within the workplace.

School hotels combine theory and practice in an optimal fashion. Lessons learned are directly applied to everyday life. Subjects include vocational training, general education (language/communication/interpersonal skills), foreign languages, and physical education.

Further information in German and French.

Vocational education and training for : Two paths, one goal

Those wishing train as a commercial employee within the hospitality industry have got a choice of the following two pathways:

•  Vocational education and training organised in a school setting at a hotel-tourism business school led by professional education partners of hotelleriesuisse (2 years of schooling, 1 year of internship). This pathway leads to a diploma from hotelleriesuisse after 2 years and a Swiss Federal Certificate of Vocational Education and Training  after 3 years.

•  Vocational education and training in a company setting complemented by regular classroom instruction, organised by the Association for Commercial Vocational Education and Training in Hospitality, Gastronomy and Tourism («Verein kaufmännischer Grundbildung Hotel-Gastro-Tourismus»), leading to a Swiss Federal Certificate of Vocational Education and Training  after 3 years.

Further information German and French.