The third RUAG vocational training conference on the topic of "Vocational training as a competitive factor" was opened by Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann at the company's head office in Berne. With its high wage levels and limited natural resources, Switzerland has to compete on the strength of other factors. For decades, RUAG has therefore been committed to providing in-depth training for young people in a range of fields.
For Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, the practical aspect is a special feature of Swiss vocational training. He considers it to be one of the four key pillars of vocational training in addition to freedom of choice within education, cooperation between the business and political communities and the authorities, and the duality of theory and practice. In his presentation on the company and its vocational training scheme, RUAG's Chairman of the Board, Hans-Peter Schwald, stressed that this is not only an important reason for keeping youth unemployment down but that it also offers companies competitive advantages – especially in the face of international competition. Benjamin Weger, a member of the Swis biathlon team, also emphasised the importance of personal commitment of each individual and the essential willingness to continue developing.
In Switzerland, RUAG has a workforce of over 4,400, including around 350 trainees who are learning 15 different jobs. This in total corresponds to 8% of RUAG’s payroll in Switzerland.
On Saturday, 24 October 2015, the doors of the RUAG sites in Alpnach, Berne, Emmen, Interlaken, Stans, Thun, Zurich and Zweisimmen will be open to everyone interested in vocational training as part of RUAG TalentsDay. Additional information is available at www.ruag.com/talentsday.