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25.10.2013 | RUAG Holding

RUAG shows its commitment to apprenticeships

Two vocational training conferences and a national career choice day for young people at 11 RUAG sites 

Berne, 25 October 2013. Technology group RUAG today held vocational training conferences at its two main sites in Berne and Emmen (Canton Lucerne) during which the key aspects of Switzerland's dual education system were discussed. They were attended by invited guests from politics, industry and education. Tomorrow (Saturday), RUAG will also be opening its doors to young people. At its TalentsDay held at 11 sites in three Swiss language regions, RUAG will be showcasing the vocational training options on offer.

This Friday afternoon, RUAG held two vocational training conferences in Berne and Emmen. As well as offering an insight into the day-to-day work of  RUAG's apprentices, there were also panel discussions on the future of vocational training.

In Berne, Ruth Humbel, National Councillor (CVP), Hans Hess, President of Swissmem, Prof. Roland A. Müller, Director of the Swiss Employers' Association, and André Reusser, RUAG's 2009 vice-world champion in mechanical engineering design, discussed the subject of Switzerland's dual education system as a competitive advantage. 

Meanwhile in Emmen, Peter Schilliger, National Councillor (FDP), Roland Vonarburg, President of the Lucerne trade association, Christof Spöring, head of the vocational and advanced training office for Canton Lucerne, and Annemarie Bürkli, President of the  Teachers' Association for Canton Lucerne, considered the question:   "Does elementary schooling prepare us enough for the world of work?"

Vocational training has a long tradition at RUAG

Since it was founded in 1999, RUAG has been providing hundreds of young trainees each year with comprehensive, practical basic training to the highest quality standards in an exciting technological environment. RUAG currently employs 420 apprentices (351 in Switzerland and 69
in Germany). It offers a total of 14 training professions at 17 sites in Switzerland (see chart on
page 2).

Apprenticeship professions are a key success factor for international competitiveness. After all, it is thanks to good staff that RUAG is a leader in terms of quality and efficiency in many areas. This is proven by the achievements by the Swiss Selection Team and the many medals won by RUAG's apprentices at the SwissSkills Championships and even the WorldSkills Championships. 

RUAG TalentsDay 2013 at 11 RUAG sites

On its "TalentsDay", Saturday 26 October 2013, RUAG is opening its doors to the young. In Alpnach, Berne, Brunnen, Bure, Dübendorf, Emmen, Interlaken, Lodrino, Mels, Thun and Zweisimmen, young people in the process of choosing careers will have a chance to get to know RUAG's vocational training options.

Switzerland: RUAG offers 14 training professions at 17 sites  


For more information, contact: Jiri Paukert, RUAG Senior Public Relations Manager, tel. +41 31 376 64 92, jiri.paukert@ruag.com

RUAG is an international technology group operating in the fields of aerospace and defence. Its holding company is located in Berne, Switzerland. RUAG maintains production sites in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Malaysia, Australia and the USA. The company employs some 7,800 people worldwide, including 5,000 in Switzerland of whom 10% are apprentices.