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.
- 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
- 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 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)