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Source: Swiss Kanton Nidwalden News in German12. November 2020 The corona pandemic is increasingly forcing training companies to cancel agreed trial apprenticeships for 8th grade students. However, these represent a central element in the young people’s career choices. In order to counteract the problem, the Education Directorate recommends that schools be more flexible this year. In Nidwalden, students in grade 8 have the opportunity to To complete trial courses. Every pupil is given an insight into one or more teaching companies for up to five days. Further taster courses are usually to be arranged during the school holidays. However, the current corona pandemic makes the regular course of the career choice process more difficult. Training companies, but also young people, are increasingly being forced to cancel or postpone trial days due to quarantine or isolation measures. This situation is not compatible with the regulation of the community-based trial weeks. The cantonal education directorate is concerned that the young people can get a comprehensive picture of the world of work and the career opportunities associated with it, even in the current situation. It therefore recommends that the orientation schools enable the young people concerned to take part in taster courses outside of the originally set time frames. Sandra Portmann, head of the Nidwalden career and student advisory service, emphasizes: “Trial apprenticeships are a central component in the career choice process. They are essential because they enable young people to get to know a job in practice.” According to an initial survey, the orientation schools have a great understanding of the concern. You are ready to implement the recommendation for a more flexible handling of the trial weeks.

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