Learning more about professions, finding the right vocational education and defining one’s professional future are the themes that drove visitors and exhibitors to the Salon des Métiers et de la Formation Lausanne.
The large number of pupils in grades 10 and 11 who came with their teachers or parents showed undeniable interest and curiosity in the more than 500 careers and jobs on display. This year, the number of pupils who registered for a visit along with their teacher also broke a record with 15,355 registrations.
Young people ask young people
Around one hundred exhibitors presented more than 500 offers for vocational training and technical college courses. Numerous apprentices were available to visitors for discussion and information.
According to Nicolas Devaud, marketing, sales, and training specialist for HotellerieSuisse, the students in Vaud are increasingly well prepared: “We have noticed that many young people took the trouble to fill in their educational booklet. This proves that they are really interested in the training courses we offer.”
This was echoed by the Fédération Vaudoise des Entrepreneurs, which noted a growing desire on the part of visitors to find out about vocational training courses, as well as higher and further education opportunities.
“We are pleased to see an increase in the number of pre-gymnasium students visiting our booth. A young person who chooses a profession in the building industry bolstered by a maturité certificate will have no worries about their professional future,” explains Michel Anger from the Fédération vaudoise des Maîtres ferblantiers, appareilleurs et couvreurs (FVMFAC).
From apprentices to champions
The halls of the Beaulieu also set the stage for the apprenticeship competitions that took place during this 12th edition of the show. Industry Skills Romandie pitted apprentices in automation, industrial design, electronics, and polymechanics against other.
The exhibition is organised by the Groupe d’intérêt pour l’information professionnelle (Giip) and by MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA, with the support of the Department of Education and Training (DEF), the State of Vaud, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SEFRI), the Fédération Patronale Vaudoise (FPV), the Cantonal Foundation for Vocational Education and Training (FONPRO) as well as its media partners La Région Nord vaudois, Riviera-Chablais, La Côte and LFM.
The next edition of the Salon des Métiers et de la Formation Lausanne will take place from 21 to 26 November 2023.