Zug, 09.05.2019

Careers Advisory Service launches campaign to help employees gain Federal Certificates of Competency

With 8 May being Vocational Training Day, the Zug Careers Advisory Service (BIZ), along with others across the country, embarked on a campaign to ensure those who wanted to gain a qualifying certificate for the job they do had the opportunity of doing so.



According to statistics provided by the Careers Advisory Services across the country, some 10 per cent of employees are working in jobs for which they have no qualifying certificate. And according to Frank Müller, who is deputy head of the BIZ, this figure applies in Zug, too. It may well be that there are people who have worked for decades in a job, perhaps in a restaurant, building site or hospital, but have no diploma as proof of their abilities, hence this national campaign targeted at adults, with the slogan, “It is never too late to qualify for a vocational diploma”, for which BIZ has set up a special advisory department.


Müller went on to explain there were various ways in which people could go about obtaining such vocational certificates, one being the traditional route through embarking on an apprenticeship and subsequently taking the qualifying examinations, shortened courses also on offer in certain professions. In addition, employees could take whatever qualifications they did have to the advisory service and find out what additional courses they needed to do to obtain a final vocational qualification. A further way for people who may have worked for years in a certain profession with much experience but no paper qualifications was to apply to take the appropriate examination. Whichever route is taken, the end result is for the employees to be able to hold a Federal Certificate of Competency. “And we have set up this new advisory service especially to this end; we want employees to be able to achieve this in the simplest way possible. Many employees may not feel confident enough to apply, but we want to convince them they can do it,” he said.


This article is based on one by Andrea Muff.