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Skilled workers & Education

How can Switzerland meet the ever-increasing demand for digital talent
The dynamic development in the ICT industry is posing a series of challenges to Switzerland’s education policy. Despite a basically positive educational and labour market situation, the country is currently facing rapidly increasing growth in ICT jobs, which is, at the same time, accompanied by low numbers of young people who are actually joining this sector. Demand for skilled IT staff in Switzerland is high – also due to the cross-departmental function and pacemaker role of information and communication technology.
Switzerland needs highly qualified staff if it does not want to fall behind other leading countries in the STEM fields. Attractive education is absolutely critical.
In addition, the importance of ICT for general education must not be underestimated as it has been defined as a basic skill of adults by the Federal Council in the Federal Act on Further Education. If the conditions have already been created in schools, it will prove an immense advantage.

Concerning the current status
Since Switzerland is a country poor in natural resources, education is the country’s most important resource and builds the foundations for innovation, research, and prosperity. The Swiss dual education system is unique in the world, but there are plans to significantly reduce services to the detriment of education at all education levels. In doing so, youth will be denied the best possible education, and Switzerland’s position as a location for research and business will be endangered.

The current shortfall in educated and skilled staff in STEM professions gives cause for concern and should encourage a rethink of the value of STEM subjects in schools and other educational institutions. Studies show that the interest in STEM subjects must be awakened and fostered at an early stage. Therefore, it is crucial to implement the subject «Media and IT» as part of Education Plan 21 (Lehrplan 21). Good education in ICT is an absolute prerequisite for the country’s future success.

«Switzerland has one of the leading educational systems in the world. For this to continue policymakers must be willing and able to create the necessary conditions.»

State of digitization in topic Skilled workers & EducationFortschritt der Digitalisierung im Themenfeld Skilled workers & Education

15.03.201621.11.2017
digital.swiss, Alain  Gut

Topic Owner

Dr. Alain Gut

Chairman of Education Commission
ICTswitzerland

Measurement parameters


Implementation of the Education Plan 21 in elementary school (Primarschule I)

Implementation of the Education Plan 21 in Secondary Education I (Sekundarstufe I)

Shortage of skilled workers in Switzerland

The role of immigration for the professional field of ICT

Attractiveness of ICT vocational education

Attractiveness of STEM studies.

Internet expertise

Implementation of the Education Plan 21 in elementary school (Primarschule I)

Children and teens already come into contact with technology at an early age. To encourage their use in the digital age, they are taught the basic tools for using technology confidently right back in elementary school.

Calculation: The survey measures the proportion of cantons that have bindingly agreed upon and published the curriculum, including the school subject «Media and IT» in elementary school. Due to the fact that three cantons are bilingual, there are 29 curricula to be revised. Eleven cantons have already implemented an obligatory curriculum including the subject «Media and IT». The measurement parameter is weighted 8% (1/12). The aim is to make media and IT technology an integral part of the curricula at elementary schools in all 26 Swiss cantons. There is an acute need for action for as long as at least half of the German-speaking cantons have not implemented the Education Plan 21. In addition, there remains a need for optimization for as long as at least one non-German-speaking canton has not introduced a new curriculum with «Media and IT».

Data source: Lehrplan 21

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01.09.201521.11.2017
Implementation of the Education Plan 21 in Secondary Education I (Sekundarstufe I)

Children and teens already come into contact with technology at an early age. To encourage their use in the digital age, they are taught the basic tools for using technology confidently right back in Secondary Education I.

Calculation: The survey measures the proportion of cantons that have bindingly agreed upon and published the curriculum, including «Media and IT» in Secondary Education I. Due to the fact that three cantons are bilingual, there are 29 curricula to be revised. Nine cantons have already implemented an obligatory curriculum including the subject «Media and IT». The measurement parameter is weighted 8% (1/12). The aim is to make media and IT technologies an integral part of the curricula in Secondary Education I in all 26 Swiss cantons. There is an acute need for action for as long as at least half of the German-speaking cantons have not implemented the Education Plan 21. In addition, there is a need for optimization for as long as at least one non-German-speaking canton has not introduced a new curriculum with «Media and IT».

Data source: Lehrplan 21

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01.09.201521.11.2017
Shortage of skilled workers in Switzerland

The professional field of ICT is rapidly changing due to the need for replacement (retirements, emigration) and additional needs (economic growth, structural change). It is essential to enhance the availability of qualified personnel in ICT in order to avoid a shortage of skilled workers.

Calculation: The survey shows the proportion of skilled IT professionals (131,800) in comparison to the overall number of staff in the ICT industry (210,800). The aim is to ensure that the number of highly skilled ICT workers is at least equal to the number of people employed. If there is a shortfall of 10%, there is assumed to be a need for optimization; with a shortfall of 20% or more, there is an acute need for action.

Data source:

  • BFS SAKE 2014. Calculation: IWSB
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01.01.200321.11.2017
The role of immigration for the professional field of ICT

Switzerland does not «produce» a sufficient number of skilled ICT workers, which means that average immigration rates into Switzerland are still necessary. Ergo, specialists should be allowed to keep immigrating to Switzerland as a normal buffer again where there are «shortages».

Calculation: The survey shows the proportion of immigrated ICT workers in the last five years (12.4%) and compares it to all other professional fields (7.3%). The aim is to ensure average immigration of ICT workers corresponds to the maximum average immigration of workers from all professional fields. There is an acute need for action if immigration in the ICT professional field is at least 25% higher than the Swiss average. If ICT immigration is at least 10% higher than the average for all professions, there is a need for optimization.

Data source:

  • BFS SAKE 2014. Calculation IWSB
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01.01.199021.11.2017
Attractiveness of ICT vocational education

Due to the rapid development of digitalization, the economy must urgently draw upon a vast pool of well-educated young ICT professionals. The measurement parameter indicates the attractiveness of ICT vocational education.

Calculation: The survey shows the proportion of ICT apprentices (7,492) and ICT professionals (210,800) in comparison with the proportion of apprentices (221,383) and workers in all professional fields (4,600,100). The measurement parameter is weighted 17% (1/6). The aim is to achieve an above-average proportion (+10%) of ICT apprentices (3.6%) in comparison with apprentices in all other professional fields (4.8%). There is a need for optimization as soon as the same proportion is reached across all professional fields. There is an acute need for action if the ICT value is at least 10% lower than the Swiss average.

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01.01.201421.11.2017
Attractiveness of STEM studies.

Due to the rapid growth of digitalization, the economy desperately needs a large enough pool of highly skilled young ICT workers. The measurement parameter shows the attractiveness of STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math education) at universities and universities of applied sciences.

Calculation: The survey shows the proportion of STEM graduates in Switzerland (currently 32%). The aim is that 40% of students from universities and universities of applied sciences graduate in a STEM degree. The measurement parameter is weighted 17% (1/6). Germany, as a leading EU country with regard to the proportion of STEM graduates, is used as the benchmark for the need for optimization, with the EU average used as the threshold for acute need for action.

This benchmark is a qualitative estimate defined by the team of experts.

Data source:

  • CH figures: BFS SHIS, EU figures: Eurostat
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01.01.201321.11.2017
Internet expertise

Today, expertise in the fields of information and communication technology (e-skills) are an essential indicator of the qualification level of a country’s population. This is especially the case when we consider the development toward a knowledge-based national economy. This indicator measures to what degree Internet tools are used by the populations of Switzerland and other European countries.

Calculation: The survey shows the frequency of specified Internet activities in Switzerland (create a website, peer-to-peer networking, online telephony, use of social networks, sending emails with attachments, use search engines). The measurement parameter is weighted 17% (1/6). The aim is to determine who of the people surveyed have already performed more than five or six of these online activities. There is a need for optimization if they have on average performed three or four online activities. There is an acute need for action if they have on average performed one or two online activities.

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30.03.201221.11.2017
Education opportunities in combination with modern technologies

Regarding education opportunities, the views of the Swiss on the range of subjects and courses in schools and for seniors are investigated:

  1. In school, children and teens should learn the basics of modern technologies.
  2. In school, children and teens should learn more about how to deal with modern technologies.
  3. Seniors should be provided with free courses in which they are taught how to deal with modern technologies.

All findings are collected in a survey of the population, which was conducted as part of the digital.swiss initiative. Answers are scored from 1 to 5 (1=fully agree; 2=tend to agree; 3=undecided; 4=tend to not agree; 5=don’t agree at all).

Data source: Social survey as part of the initiative digital.swiss

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Further Indicators

The following figures are not necessarily based on scientific survey methods and have no impact on the status of digitalization in Switzerland in this topic area.

Education opportunities in combination with modern technologies

Regarding education opportunities, the views of the Swiss on the range of subjects and courses in schools and for seniors are investigated:

  1. In school, children and teens should learn the basics of modern technologies.
  2. In school, children and teens should learn more about how to deal with modern technologies.
  3. Seniors should be provided with free courses in which they are taught how to deal with modern technologies.

All findings are collected in a survey of the population, which was conducted as part of the digital.swiss initiative. Answers are scored from 1 to 5 (1=fully agree; 2=tend to agree; 3=undecided; 4=tend to not agree; 5=don’t agree at all).

Data source: Social survey as part of the initiative digital.swiss

Team of experts

digital.swiss, Ritz Toni Educa Ch 2011

Toni Ritz

Director
Swiss Media Institute of Education and Culture (educa.ch)

digital.swiss, Doebeli  Beat

Prof. Dr. Beat Döbeli Honegger

Professor at the Institute of Media and School
Schwyz University of Teacher Education

digital.swiss, Stefan  Wolter

Prof. Dr. Stefan C. Wolter

Department of Economics
Professor at the Centre for Research in Economics of Education
University of Bern

digital.swiss, Braun

Nils Braun-Dubler

Partner IWSB - Commissioned economist of ICTswitzerland
IWSB | Institute of Economic Studies Basel AG

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