Apprenticeships

Skills development

Eawag is committed to making a meaningful contribution to the education mandate of the apprenticeship system, and offers several apprenticeship places each year. We mentor and support our trainees in gaining and developing specialist knowledge and methodological skills, as well as social and personal skills, so that they can put these into practice successfully in their careers.

Vocational training

Those undergoing vocational training remain in the same trainee position for three to twelve months before moving to another work group or department. This ensures that trainees receive a broad educational experience and gain insights into a number of areas of work. Theoretical input from within Eawag provides a deeper understanding of what is being learnt on the job, and supplements the practical training.

More than just specialized knowledge

The ability to work within a team is a major prerequisite in today’s work environment. It requires communication skills, resilience and the capacity to manage conflict. Our Apprentice Camps help participants to hone their social skills, as well as providing opportunities for personal development. To a large extent, these are organised and devised by the participants themselves. Generally speaking, a particular topic for talks and discussions is agreed on for the week.

Apprenticeships are offered in the following

EFZ Chemistry Laboratory Technician

During their 3-year training period with us, our chemistry apprentices will discover the secrets of working in chemical research. In our analytics laboratory we investigate what substances water contains and in what concentrations, and assess the impact of specific combinations of substances.

Responsible

Dr. Samuel DerrerTel. +41 58 765 5162Send Mail

Our apprentices spend between 3 and 12 months in a number of different working groups, learning about the methods they use. The work assigned to them includes sampling, preparation of samples, analysis using modern equipment, and evaluation of the results.

This approach enables the apprentices to spend time in a large number of departments, thus ensuring their training is both broad-based and varied. In each year of their apprenticeship they attend courses in our in-house laboratory in order to gain initial and deeper knowledge of the fundamentals.

We work together with training partners in industry, namely Bachema in Zurich and Coca Cola in Dietlikon. There are opportunities for our apprentices to be assigned to one of these companies, and thus to receive even more comprehensive training in the areas of analytics and quality control.

The apprentices meet up with others in the same training year for weekly Q&A theory sessions during which they complete practice tasks to extend their knowledge.

There is also an opportunity to attend the Berufsmaturitätsschule (college offering preparatory courses for the federal vocational baccalaureate examination) and to continue these vocational studies at a university of applied sciences after passing the final apprenticeship examination and the federal vocational baccalaureate.

Apprenticeship requirements

  • Finished lower secondary school achieving level A (Sekundarschule Niveau A)
  • Able to communicate clearly in written and spoken German
  • Willing to learn
  • Enthusiastic
  • Motivated
  • Able to work independently
  • Responsible for own work results
  • Good at communicating
  • Able to work in a team
  • Patient, persevering and reliable
  • Interested in the processes of natural science and excited about experimenting
  • Good at observing
  • Able to think outside the box

Advantages of an apprenticeship at Eawag

What we offer:

  • You receive an optimal introduction to the institute and the professional environment
  • We provide broad-based and varied training via our various departments and partner companies
  • The external industry courses that complement on-the-job training are held in our in-house laboratories
  • You will join an enthusiastic group of apprentices and attend weekly Q&A theory sessions to discuss what you have learnt in your studies
  • We have a well-linked network of over 20 apprentices
  • The focus is on your personal development
  • We expect you to take responsibility for your own work results and support you in doing this
  • We help you with language stays abroad
  • You prepare comprehensively for your final examination

Further information on this profession

Berufsbildungsschule Winterthur (vocational college)
Fachverband Laborberufe FLB (association for laboratory professions)

EFZ Biology Laboratory Technician

During their 3-year training period at Eawag, our biology apprentices gain an insight into different areas of current biological research and analytics.
They work for between 3 and 12 months in the departments of Environmental Microbiology, Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology and the Ecotox Centre in 

Responsible

Denise FreudemannLab manager AuA-labTel. +41 58 765 6778Send Mail

Dübendorf, as well as in the departments of Surface Waters Research and Management and of Fish Ecology and Evolution in Kastanienbaum (Canton of Lucerne)

In the areas of microbiology and toxicology they receive training in fundamental microbiological and toxicological methods and an insight into drinking water bacteriology. They learn biochemical isolation and analysis techniques and immunological procedures, and gain an insight into molecular-biological working methods. In the departments of Aquatic Ecology, Surface Waters Research and Management, and Fish Ecology and Evolution, they learn how to identify the invertebrates typically found in watercourses and groundwater and are trained in the relevant sampling techniques. They then analyse the microfauna and microflora living in plankton and the benthic (bottom) zone. The apprentices meet up with others in the same training year for weekly Q&A theory sessions during which they complete practice tasks to extend their knowledge. There is also an opportunity to attend the Berufsmaturitätsschule (college offering preparatory courses for the federal vocational baccalaureate examination) and to continue these vocational studies at a university of applied sciences after passing the final apprenticeship examination and the federal vocational baccalaureate.

Apprenticeship requirements

  • Finished lower secondary school achieving level A (Sekundarschule Niveau A)
  • Able to communicate clearly in written and spoken German
  • Willing to learn
  • Enthusiastic
  • Motivated
  • Able to work independently
  • Responsible for own work results
  • Good at communicating
  • Able to work in a team
  • Patient, persevering and reliable
  • Interested in the processes of natural science and excited about experimenting
  • Good at observing
  • Able to think outside the box

Advantages of an apprenticeship at Eawag

What we offer:

  • You receive an optimal introduction to the institute and the professional environment
  • We provide broad-based and varied training via our various departments and partner companies
  • Additional courses that complement on-the-job training are held in our in-house laboratories
  • You will join an enthusiastic group of apprentices and attend weekly Q&A theory sessions to discuss what you have learnt in your studies
  • We have a well-linked network of over 20 apprentices
  • The focus is on your personal development
  • We expect you to take responsibility for your own work results and support you in doing this
  • We help you with language stays abroad
  • You prepare comprehensively for your final examination

Further information on this profession

Berufsbildungsschule Winterthur (vocational college)
Fachverband Laborberufe FLB (association for laboratory professions)
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Lehrbetriebe für die Biologielabor-Berufe (working group of institutions providing apprenticeships in biological laboratory professions)

Business Administrator – Services and Administration

Profile E (extended basic training) or M (federal vocational baccalaureate)

Business administrators must be able to plan, organize, systematize, file, inform, calculate, link, document, write minutes, place orders, make purchases, check, communicate, advise and welcome. Hardly any other profession involves such a varied range of tasks and areas of responsibility.

Responsible

Patricia Summer RossiTel. +41 58 765 5509Send Mail

During their 3-year training period at our research institute our business administrator apprentices (specialism: Services and Administration) get to know many different fields and gain an insight into almost all areas of administration, which trains them optimally for their future profession. They spend scheduled periods of time in various different departments and have the support of motivated and professionally qualified practical trainers at all times.

Once they are familiar with central services departments such as the post room, housekeeping, reception, the telephone switchboard and the library, the apprentices learn the diverse tasks carried out by a research department secretariat. Foreign languages play an important role in this – English is the lingua franca in international research.

The practice-oriented Eawag courses (PEAK) and Public Relations are managed by our support departments. In these departments our apprentices learn about organising courses and sending out publications. Accounting and procurement of funding are also key elements in business administration and form an integral part of the training plan. Finally, in the HR department our apprentices learn to manage confidential data and to deal with all aspects of the employment relationship, from drawing up the contract to the employee leaving the institute.

At the end of their apprenticeship they have a comprehensive basic knowledge that they can later build on through specializing in a discipline of their choice.

Motivated apprentices with a desire to achieve above-average results can choose to undertake basic vocational training that will prepare them for the federal vocational baccalaureate (profile M). If they pass this they can apply to any higher education colleges of business and administration (Höhere Wirtschafts- und Verwaltungsschulen) in the whole of Europe without the need to take an entry examination.

Apprenticeship requirements

  • Finished lower secondary school achieving level A (Sekundarschule Niveau A)
  • Interested in business administration tasks
  • Able to touch type
  • Able to speak and write well in German and good at foreign languages
  • Enthusiastic about working at a computer/screen
  • Enthusiastic about working with numbers
  • Good at organizing
  • Willing to learn
  • Enthusiastic
  • Motivated
  • Sociable
  • Able to work independently
  • Responsible for own work results
  • Good at communicating
  • Able to work in a team
  • Patient, persevering and reliable
  • Able to think outside the box

Trial apprenticeships

Trial apprenticeships are only offered as part of the apprentice selection process. If you are interested, please send an enquiry to Patricia Summer Rossi.

Advantages of an apprenticeship at Eawag

What we offer:

  • You receive an optimal introduction to the institute and the professional environment
  • We provide broad-based and varied training in various different departments
  • The focus is on your personal development
  • We expect you to take responsibility for your own work results and support you in doing this
  • You prepare comprehensively for your final qualifications
  • We contribute to the cost of support courses and language stays abroad

Further information on this profession

Berufsbildungsschule Uster (vocational college)
IGKG Züri, industry courses (Überbetriebliche Kurse)

ICT-Fachfrau / ICT-Fachmann EFZ

Der Fachbereich Informatik evaluiert, beschafft, installiert und wartet an der Eawag:

  • die System- und Standardsoftware (Installation, Schulung und Betreuung unserer Mitarbeitenden),
  • die Hardware (PC-, Mac-, UNIX-Workstations, Server, Drucker),
  • das Netzwerk (E-Mail, internes Netzwerk, Firewall)

Ausbildungsverantwortlicher

Thomas KälinTel. +41 58 765 6447Send Mail

Als ICT-Fachfrau / ICT-Fachmann sind Sie die erste Anlaufstelle bei Support-Fragen für unsere Mitarbeitenden.

Sie lernen die einzelnen Betriebssysteme (Windows 10, Mac OS, Linux) und Standardsoftware kennen. Da wir praktisch die gesamte IT-Infrastruktur selber betreuen, werden Sie auch einen Einblick in unsere Client-Server Architektur (Active Directory, Print-, File-, Mailserver) sowie unser Netzwerk haben können.

Nach einer guten Einarbeitungszeit können Sie so bald unsere Mitarbeitenden im Daily Business betreuen und unterstützen. So können sich unsere Informatik-Lernenden während ihrer Ausbildung ein breites Spektrum an Berufskenntnissen aneignen und sind für den späteren Berufsalltag bestens gerüstet.

Es besteht die Möglichkeit, die Berufsmaturitätsschule (BMS) zu besuchen und nach bestandener Lehrabschlussprüfung und bestandener Berufsmaturitätsprüfung in eine weiterführende Fachhochschule einzutreten.

Berufsanforderungen

  • abgeschlossene Sekundarschule Niveau B
  • die Fähigkeit, sich in der deutschen Sprache mündlich und schriftlich klar auszudrücken
  • gute Kenntnisse in der englischen Sprache
  • Interesse an Informationstechnologien generell und Computern und Netzwerken im Speziellen
  • Freude am Umgang mit Menschen
  • gute Umgangsformen
  • Teamfähigkeit
  • selbständige, systematische Arbeitsweise
  • Geduld, Ausdauer und Zuverlässigkeit
  • Lernbereitschaft
  • Einsatzfreude und Motivation
  • Eigenverantwortung
  • logisches und abstraktes Denk- und Vorstellungsvermögen

Schnupperlehre

Schnupperlehren werden nur im Rahmen der Lernenden Selektion angeboten. Bei Interesse bitte eine entsprechende Anfrage an Thomas Kälin senden.

Vorteile der Ausbildung an der Eawag

Was bieten wir für Lernende an der Eawag

  • eine optimale Einführung in das Institut und die Berufswelt
  • eine breit abgestützte und vielseitige Ausbildung 
  • deine Persönlichkeitsentwicklung steht im Mittelpunkt
  • deine Eigenverantwortlichkeit wird gefördert und gefordert
  • intensive Vorbereitung auf deine Abschlussprüfung

Weitere Berufsinformationen

Berufsbildungsschule Uster
Zürcher Lehrmeistervereinigung Informatik

Apprenticeship vacancies 2020

The vacancies for 2020

Trial apprenticeships

Would you like to apply for a trial apprenticeship? Please send the form below filled in by hand and the copies of certificates to:

Eawag
Berufsbildung
LA-G64
Überlandstrasse 133
CH-8600 Dübendorf

For further information please contact berufsbildung@eawag.ch