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Standards in training and education

In 2022, we are going to focus on the importance of standards in training and education, conducting interviews with lecturers, students, vocational school teachers, apprentices and vocational trainers. The subject of standardization is important for all of them in their day-to-day work. We are looking forward to 12 fascinating and very different stories!

SNV Story No. 6: Standards compendium

Every apprentice in the Swiss mechanical, electrical and metalworking industry (MEM industry) knows it: the standards compendium. The majority of them use it intensively during their training and later in their everyday working life. First published in 1941, it is now a classic in the industry and indispensable. This month sees the publication of the hot-off-the-press 2022 standards compendium. We visited the volunteer group of authors in the final phase of the creation process.

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SNV Story No. 5: The best way to learn and teach about standards is through case studies

Food is an important aspect of our lives, from cultivation, production and processing to our daily enjoyment of our favourite dishes. For obvious reasons including protecting our health, there are countless legal regulations and standards in these areas. Food Technology students come into contract with standards in their first year of study. We spoke to Dr Evelyn Kirchsteiger-Meier, a lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil. She heads up the QM and food law working group and researches and publishes in these fields.

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SNV Story No. 4: Quality management implies continuous learning

Which standard is the best known in the world and can even be found in documents with otherwise foreign characters? If they had to place a bet, most people would probably guess ISO 9001. And they would be sure to win that bet. Incidentally, the standard is available in Switzerland with identical content as SN EN ISO 9001:2015. Whether companies are assessing new suppliers or customers are looking for a quality product – this standard provides security. Quality management officers, QM managers, executive management and lead auditors who want to improve their quality management from a strategic point of view will find the optimal platform for this in the SNV Academy’s further training courses.

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SNV Story No. 3: Careum Bildungszentrum

Last year, the time had finally come: trainee medical-device technicians from the Careum Bildungszentrum (Training Centre) became the first students to receive the Federal Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET), graduating to become practitioners with extensive expertise. Anyone opting for this diploma course inevitably finds themselves confronted with all manner of standards. The fact that the Careum Bildungszentrum – whose foundations date back to 1882 – is the leading institution in this regard is underscored by the visionary and pioneering approach taken at the training centre.

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SNV Story No. 2: Standards and gender in design

What do a cement bag, stereotypical children’s rooms and unisex washrooms have in common? They all served Natascha Hess as inspiration and motivation for her bachelor thesis at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland in Basel. Car crash test dummies, personal protective equipment, navigation systems, the size of mobile phones or hand tools – no object is gender-neutral today. “Normen und Gender im Design” (Standards and gender in design) shows how the gender data gap affects norms and standards as well as the design of products. This thesis is not about finger-pointing, but about an outstretched hand.

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SNV Story No. 1: SNV Academy
Where is the best place to learn about standards in Switzerland? The Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV), where everything related to standards comes together. The SNV opened its own academy in 2001, in order to meet the growing need for qualified education and further training on the topic of standards. Today, it offers over 70 courses taught by 30 lecturers from academia and practice. Best of all, SNV members can get 20 per cent off the participation fee. Sandro Micaglio, Head of the SNV Academy, answered our 11 wh-questions.

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