Cantonal programmes to promote the basic skills of adults

The Confederation, together with the cantons, is committed to ensuring that adults can acquire and maintain the basic competences they lack. The Federal Act on Continuing Education and Training (WeBiG) provides for financial assistance to the cantons for this purpose (Article 16 WeBiG).

Each canton draws up a cantonal programme tailored to its own situation (legal basis, geography, existing structures, etc.). The cantons regularly test innovative measures to improve reaching the target group and adapting teaching to a low-skilled adult audience.

The measure thus aims to improve adults' basic skills, including ICT skills. The primary aim is to reach people with poor basic skills and encourage them to improve them.

This is to be achieved by raising awareness among the population in general, those affected in particular and people in contact with the potential target group - and by providing an educational offer tailored to the target group.

This gives every resident of Switzerland the opportunity to acquire basic ICT skills.


Start 2021
End 2024


State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation


Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research


The population and the economy can use digital methods to conduct their business with the authorities


Education and skills

People, businesses and public authorities have sufficient skills to make the most of new technologies and are able to evaluate them critically.