Professional education and training colleges offer training within an institute. 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.
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Data as of: February 2019
The number of students enrolled at a professional education and training college saw a large increase between 2000/01 and 2017/18 (+256%). 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 stable (between 10% and 12% of students).
The most popular course in the academic year 2017/18 was Nursing and midwifery (22% of students). This was followed by Management and administration (15%) and Child care and youth services (10%). 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.