Professional education and training colleges

In 2018/19, 33,700 students attended professional education and training college, of whom 47% were female and 13% of foreign nationality. Professional education and training colleges offer training within an institution. The creation of courses for the various subjects and their recognition by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) is based on the core curriculum governing training and education. These are binding for all providers of education and training. Education and training at professional education and training colleges lead to the award of a diploma recognised at federal level.

Professional education and training colleges: change since 2000/01
  2000/01 2005/06 2010/11 2015/16 2018/19
9 213 10 173 21 867 29 748 33 741
  Female (%) 26.6 28.7 45.5 46.7 47
  Foreign (%) 10.7 10.9 11.7 12.1 12.6
Source: FSO – Statistics on pupils and students (SDL)
Data as of: February 2020

The number of students enrolled at a professional education and training college saw a large increase between 2000/01 and 2018/19 (+266%). The same can be said for the proportion of women which rose from 27% to 47% over the same period. With regard to students of foreign nationality, their proportion remained quite stable (between 10% and 13% of students).

The most popular course in the academic year 2018/19 was Nursing and midwifery (21% of students). This was followed by Management and administration (15%) and Child care and youth services (11%). All other training sectors accounted for less than 8% of students each. With regard to student distribution by gender, there are large differences between the fields of education.

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