Swisscom is responding to the present difficult situation on the job market for young people completing traineeships. The company is offering young professionals qualifying at Swisscom in July or August 2004 the opportunity to bridge a gap in their careers. The programme is aimed at young people who, after completing their traineeships, have neither found a job nor have any further training, trips abroad, military service or similar lined up.
The troubled economic climate is also affecting Swisscom's newly qualified trainees. Of the 223 young professionals (24 electronics technicians, 79 IT technicians, 33 mediamatics technicians, 56 salespeople and 31 retail staff), around 120 had still not found jobs or alternative solutions (further training, military service, trip abroad etc.) by the end of June. Their contracts with Swisscom expire either at the end of July or the end of August, depending on the region in which they are located.
For those affected by this situation, Swisscom is offering a way of bridging the gap to entry into the world of work. The individual group companies are offering the newly qualified youngsters two opportunities based on standard terms of employment:
A job limited to a maximum of six months (Job Bridge)
A nine-month work placement (combined with a language exchange) in an area of Switzerland where a different language is spoken (Job Bridge Plus).
Trainees are not automatically entitled to bridging placements; they are agreed between the trainee and the group company in each case. The advantage for the young professionals is that they can give notice on a Job Bridge placement at any time within 30 days to the end of a month, as soon as they have found a permanent position. Job Bridge Plus positions (language exchange) may not be terminated early. The aim of Job Bridge is to facilitate the switch from traineeship to professional life.