08 July 2005
The unemployment rate among 20- to 24-year-olds in Switzerland continues to remain at above six percent. This troubled economic climate is also affecting Swisscom's newly qualified trainees. Of the 18 electronics technicians, 126 IT technicians, 23 mediamatics technicians, 47 salespeople, 12 telematics technicians and 26 retail staff, around half had still not found jobs or alternative solutions (further training, military service, trip abroad etc.) by mid-June. Their training 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 the third time, Swisscom is living up to its social responsibility by building a bridge for affected trainees to allow them to more easily cross over into their professional lives. The individual Group companies are offering these newly qualified youngsters two opportunities based on standard terms of employment:
The advantage for these 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 employment (language exchange) cannot be terminated early.
Around 220 new trainees will commence their professional training at Swisscom at the end of July and the beginning of August. The ratio of trainees to Swisscom employees still remains at around six percent.