Swiss Companies Bring Apprenticeship Programs that Work to the U.S.

Ambassador LeVine talks with an apprentice at Schindler headquarters. Schindler is one of 18 Swiss companies committed to offering apprenticeships in the U.S.
Ambassador LeVine talks with an apprentice at Schindler headquarters. Schindler is one of 18 Swiss companies committed to offering apprenticeships in the U.S.

New Commitments bring the number of Swiss Companies to Offer Apprenticeship Opportunities in the U.S. to 18; Switzerland and the U.S. Formalize Cooperation on Vocational Education and Training

Eighteen Swiss firms unveiled plans to expand or create new apprenticeship programs in the U.S.  The Swiss companies (list below), world leaders in implementing apprenticeship programs, are bringing this expertise to the U.S. in a wide range of fields, from aircraft maintenance to insurance adjusting, IT management, software development, machine tooling, logistics, and laboratory services.  Many of this initial group of firms are working or will be working with local community colleges in the U.S. to provide the classroom portion of the apprenticeships.

The company commitments coincide with the signing of an agreement between the U.S. and Switzerland, providing a framework for the two countries to cooperate in such areas as work-based training, curriculum development, credential recognition, pathways to career development and the expansion of programs into new industry sectors.  U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Swiss Vice President and Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, signed the Joint Declaration of Intent today at the Commerce Department in Washington D.C.

“The already strong relationship between Switzerland and the U.S. just got even stronger with the signing of this agreement to cooperate on vocational training and skill building,” said Suzan G. LeVine, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. “The path to success has many beginnings – and we believe that these corporate commitments expand and open up more paths to more people all across the United States in truly profound ways.”

The signing of the agreement with Switzerland showcases the importance that the Obama Administration has placed on expanding apprenticeship opportunities in the United States – with the goal of doubling apprenticeships in the coming years.

The Joint Declaration of Intent is between the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of the Swiss Confederation and the Departments of Commerce, Education, and Labor of the United States of America.

Swiss Firms continuing, expanding or implementing apprenticeship programs in the U.S.

  • Committed to new apprenticeship programs in the U.S.:
    • ABB Ltd.
    • Alevo Group
    • Burkhardt Compression
    • Firmenich AG
    • Givaudan Group
    • Holcim Ltd.
    • Mercuria Energy
    • Mikron Group
    • Schindler Holding
    • Wicor Group (Weidmann International Corporation)
  • Committed to expansion of their existing or already announced U.S. apprenticeship program
    • Bühler Group
    • Daetwyler Group
    • Feintool International Holding AG
    • Kudelski Group
    • Nestlé Group
    • Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.
    • SFS Group AG
    • Zurich Insurance Group

Further Information

Fact Sheet – Information on the Declaration and List of Companies (PDF 321 KB)

Fact Sheet – Why Apprenticeships? Statements from Swiss Executives (PDF 200 KB)

Infographic – Where in the U.S.? Sample Locations of Apprenticeship Programs

Infographic – What Types of Apprenticeships? Sample fields in which apprenticeships will be offered in the U.S.