Flex Job: Swisscom makes the first steps on the career ladder easier for its apprentices
Berne, 18 May 2007
Swisscom is helping its more than 240 apprentices who will complete their training in the summer to get started on their career paths. The Flex Job programme will offer work placements of up to nine months' duration. Both the young professionals and the company benefit from this flexible solution, which also increases their chances of obtaining a permanent position later on.
Flex Job is replacing the previous Job Bridge programme, which has been offered by Swisscom to newly qualified trainees for the last three years. With this step, the company is taking into account the changing situation in the employment market. There are now more vacancies than there used to be, in customer service and Bluewin TV for example.
Newly qualified trainees will meet this demand: a total of 44 salespeople, 54 retail specialists, 28 mediamatics specialists, 81 IT specialists, 23 telematics specialists and 12 electronics specialists are looking for a starting position that will offer them a high degree of flexibility. Their profile matches what Swisscom is looking for: the newly-qualified apprentices are well trained, available from summer 2007 and already familiar with Swisscom, which means shorter induction periods. A placement under the Flex Job programme lasts for a maximum duration of nine months, with the terms of employment and salary based on the provisions laid down in the Collective Employment Agreement (CEA).
Swisscom has a long-term interest in developing its young professionals. Around 265 new apprentices will start their training in August 2007. Swisscom has around 850 apprentices in total; they make up some 5.5 per cent of all employees.