More Swiss Companies Bring Apprenticeship Programs to the U.S.

New Commitments Bring the Number of Swiss Companies to Offer Apprenticeship Opportunities in the U.S. to 30; Quality Job Creation a Priority

January 16, 2017, Bern – Twelve more firms in Switzerland unveiled plans to expand or create new apprenticeship programs in the U.S., bringing the total of committed companies to 30.  The companies (list below) will offer training and jobs in the U.S. in a range of fields, including IT systems management, accounting, office management, engineering and electronics.  Most companies will work with local community colleges in the U.S. for the academic portion of the apprenticeships.

This initiative began in July 2015 when the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Education and Labor and the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research signed an agreement, providing a framework for the two countries to cooperate in such areas as work-based training, curriculum development and credential recognition.  At that same time, 18 Swiss companies announced that they would be rolling out or expanding apprenticeships in their U.S. facilities.

Since the July 2015 announcement, many of those companies have begun implementing apprenticeships in the U.S.  For example, Mercuria Energy, Zurich Insurance Group and Mikron Group started programs in Texas, Illinois and Colorado respectively.  In another example, SFS Group AG has decided to implement apprenticeships in three U.S. locations – North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio – and will establish a Swiss-U.S. exchange program for apprentices.  In one of the largest efforts, Nestlé Group, through its subsidiaries in the U.S., now offers 26 apprenticeship programs in 18 states across the United States.

“This expansion of opportunities is proof of the strength and depth of U.S.-Swiss economic ties,” said Suzan G. LeVine, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. “Companies in Switzerland have perfected the apprenticeship model to the benefit of everyone – young job seekers, educational institutions and the corporate bottom line.  Now, drawing on the strong U.S.-Swiss partnership, new paths to success will open up for more U.S. communities.”

Among the new companies supporting the apprenticeship program is professional services firm PwC Switzerland.  PwC Switzerland is committed to actively holding a dialogue within the PwC network, discussing apprenticeships in administration and accounting in several PwC U.S. locations.

New firms announcing commitments to implementing apprenticeship programs in the U.S.:

·         Adecco Group AG ·         Novartis International AG (Sandoz)
·         Autoneum Holding AG ·         PwC
·         benpac systems inc. ·         RUAG
·         CSL Behring AG ·         Sicpa S.A.
·         Franke Group, Franke Management AG ·         Stadler Rail AG
·         Logitech International ·         Supra Group


This builds on those firms who committed to continuing or expanding apprenticeship programs in the U.S. in the July 2015 announcement:

·         ABB Ltd. ·         LafargeHolcim Ltd.
·         Alevo Group ·         Mercuria Energy
·         Bühler Group ·         Mikron Group
·         Burkhardt Compression ·         Nestlé Group
·         Daetwyler Group ·         Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.
·         Feintool International Holding AG ·         Schindler Holding
·         Firmenich AG ·         SFS Group AG
·         Givaudan Group ·         Wicor Group
(Weidmann International Corporation)
·         Kudelski Group ·         Zurich Insurance Group