The Balama (Bachelor of the Labour Market) project – a project in the framework of the SOCRATES program - is put together by 8 associations of higher education institutions in Europe: Germany, Ireland, Austria, Danmark, Finland, Netherlands, Estonia, Switzerland. The aim is to focus on the issue of employability in the first cycle. On the one hand, the participants like to make an inventory in each country of the way professionally oriented higher education programmes in the first cycle are described in terms of competences. On the other hand, they would like to study how in each country it is organised that employers have an input on these competences and on curriculum development. The results of these studies will be compiled and shared elements will be highlighted. Good practices and lessons learned will be exchanged. Some subject areas will be used as an example. With this report, the rector’s conference of the universities of applied sciences wants to describe the situation in Switzerland.