• 17.09.2018
  • Space, Air, Land, Group
  • Media release

2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze: RUAG trainees triumph at SwissSkills

Ten RUAG employees make a strong showing in this year’s vocational skills championships, SwissSkills 2018, winning four medals overall: two gold, one silver and one bronze. This triumph qualifies RUAG to compete in the sixth successive iteration of the WorldSkills championships, this time with two entrants....

On 12–16 September, around 900 of Switzerland’s best young professionals went head to head in 75 professions in a bid to be crowned the Swiss champion of their trade. Another 60 skilled trades were presented to the public through live demonstrations. A total of ten RUAG employees competed in their respective categories, with four winning medals. This makes RUAG one of the most successful companies providing vocational training in the country. This year’s SwissSkills medallists for RUAG are:

Gold: Simon Herzog, Konstrukteur EFZ (Mechanical Engineering CAD)    

Gold: Lukas Muth, Polymechaniker CNC Drehen (CNC Turning)    

Silver: Jonas Gasser, Polymechaniker Automation (Polymechanics and Automation)    

Bronze: Marcel Hammer, Anlagen Apparatebauer (systems and equipment Engineering) 

The two gold medal winners will compete in next year’s WorldSkills championships in Kazan (Russia). That will be the sixth consecutive competition for which RUAG employees qualified (unique in Switzerland). 

RUAG a Presenting Partner at SwissSkills
As one of the Presenting Partners, RUAG was also present with a stand at SwissSkills 2018. Aside from providing information on the opportunities of completing an apprenticeship with RUAG, the stand also offered visitors the chance to pilot an FA18 – courtesy of a simulator – or experience the feeling of being an astronaut in the Multi Axis Trainer. The stand was very popular. 

RUAG TalentsDay for interested young people
In October, RUAG will be opening its doors to interested visitors in ten locations and present 15 skilled trades that can be learned at RUAG in Switzerland. The TalentsDay offers visitors the opportunity to gain an insight into various skilled trades and to get first-hand information from current apprentices and their trainers. The series of open days will kick off in Lodrino on 6 October, followed by Bure on 26 October, and Alpnach, Berne, Emmen, Interlaken, Stans, Thun, Zurich and Zweisimmen on 27 October 2018. For further information, please visit: https://talentsday.ruag.com/de

International technology group RUAG offers some 400 young professionals apprenticeships in 15 skilled trades across Switzerland. Apprentices account for nearly 8% of staff in Switzerland. The best apprentices are nominated for the RUAG Swiss Selection Team and have the opportunity to compete in the Swiss vocational skills championships. They are supported and guided in their preparations for the competition.