Greater Geneva Cité des métiers (Vocational education and training information centre)

Countries: France, Switzerland
Border(s): France-Switzerland,
Greater Geneva,
- Education, training and languages
- Employment

On 8 April 2013 in Annemasse, an associate centre of the Geneva Cité des métiers (Vocational education and training information centre) was inaugurated, in the presence of the leaders of the Annemasse district and the Canton of Geneva. The Cité des métiers became also the first cross-border institution of its type, under the new name of “Cité des métiers du Grand Genève” (Greater Geneva Cité des métiers). It should be remembered that Greater Geneva has a population of almost 900,000 persons, generating a number of flows of workers crossing the border every day.

The establishment of this associate centre, within the scope of the Geneva Cité des métiers, enabled the inauguration of the first truly cross-border Cité des métiers, notable for having a site in one country and an associate centre in the other. A cross-border centre has the capacity to meet the needs of the population living on both sides of the border with regard to information on training programmes, mutual recognition of qualifications, training system, employment, etc.

The process of establishment
Within the framework of the French-Genevan regional committee, collaborations had been set up to boost vocational training in the region. A continuing education portal was opened in 2012, describing all the continuing education courses accessible on both sides of the border.

Project goals

  • facilitate public access to advisory services;
  • meet the needs of the population for information on employment, continuing education, re-integration in the work place, starting a business;
  • become a resource centre for everyone who has questions about the management of their professional career.

Project duration

Launched in 2013