Moving up – vocational training/ apprenticeships

Moving up – vocational training/ apprenticeships

Completing vocational training is extremely important for young people to establish themselves socially and financially. The apprenticeship model is an extremely successful component of the Swiss educational system. An apprenticeship lays the foundation for a successful career. People who have completed an apprenticeship often have even better professional prospects than university graduates. There are two types of apprenticeship certificates: the two-year «Eidgenössisch anerkanntes Berufsattest (EBA)» (basic federal certificate) or the three- to four-year «Eidgenössisches Fähigkeitszeugnis (EFZ)» (advanced federal certificate). Apart from receiving vocational training in the workplace, apprentices take classes at least one day a week. The new service «Elterntreff Berufswahl» (available in nine languages) introduces parents to the Swiss system of vocational training and highlights the importance of parental support for the education and training of their children. Teenagers who have difficulty finding an apprenticeship can seek support through career counselling or find a mentor. There are mentoring programmes for young women especially, but also for young men. Several other services help young people improve their performance at school, raise their chances of finding an apprenticeship and prepare for starting a career.

Adults who did not graduate from high school and wish to obtain their high school diploma at a later point can do this by taking a one-year course called «Link zum Beruf» provided by the «Allgemeine Gewerbeschule Basel» (AGS Basel). Adults who did not finish their apprenticeship can complete their training on a part-time basis while continuing to work. If someone has acquired solid knowledge and practical skills in a certain profession, they can take the final apprenticeship examination without actually having an apprenticeship contract. The Red Cross offers a nursing assistant training course. Completing the course qualifies you to work in elder or child care. To find out if you qualify for educational grants, contact the «Amt für Berufsbildung und Berufsberatung».

Switzerland

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Aargau

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