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Over 200 young people start their vocational training at Swisscom

Berne, 03 August 2009

Some 223 young people from all over Switzerland are about to take their first step toward their professional future at Swisscom. Swisscom is currently training a total of 822 trainees in five commercial and technical professions, a figure which corresponds to 5.2 per cent of the company's total employees in Switzerland. And thanks to JobBridge 09, the transitional programme launched in May, two-thirds of the trainees who completed their training at Swisscom in 2009 will be kept on by the company. The programme is aimed at young people who, having completed an apprenticeship at Swisscom, have neither found a job nor lined up any further training, trips abroad, military service or the like.

After successfully completing the new recruitment process in which Swisscom places particular importance on applicants' personalities and their potential for development, 223 motivated trainees are now kicking off their vocational training in one of the company's five training areas. In addition to the vocational training courses in commerce, retailing, mediamatics, IT and telematics, this year sees the addition of two-year vocational basic training programmes for office assistants and IT technicians as well as "Way up", a shorter IT training programme designed for trainees who have already completed a programme in Swisscom's training portfolio. Making up 42 percent of new trainees, retail specialists represent the largest group - proof that Swisscom is dedicated to maintaining a customer focus.


High expectations of trainees' personalities

The training model at Swisscom places particularly high expectations on trainees' personalities. It requires that the young people have already developed a certain amount of independence during their time at school as well as an inclination to act on their own initiative. At Swisscom, trainees largely plan and manage their training plan on their own. They apply for practical projects in which they later learn and work. This also teaches them to assert themselves on the internal job market.


Two-thirds of newly-qualified trainees stay at Swisscom

Particularly in light of impending youth unemployment, Swisscom is fulfilling its obligations as a socially responsible employer by making a long-term commitment to these young people. Two-thirds of the trainees who have completed their apprenticeships are remaining in the company. This option has permitted Swisscom to offer a transitional solution to all trainees interested in staying at Swisscom.

JobBridge 09, the transitional programme which allows project assignments of three to nine months, also succeeded in boosting the placement rate by more than 20 per cent over last year's figure. Of the 221 trainees to complete the programme, 66 per cent were able to find a permanent or temporary position within the company, 21 per cent opted to continue their education or embark on basic military training and another 13 per cent were able to find a position in another company.


Swisscom AG
Media Relations
3050 Bern