"When I started my IT apprenticeship at SIX in August 2009, I didn't know the first thing about IT", explains Jonathan Flisch. "I just liked sitting in front of the computer. I developed my passion for IT during my apprenticeship." Besides the good support provided by staff and the different events organised for the apprentices, the aspect of the apprenticeship that the newly qualified system technician particularly appreciated was the variety that his training at SIX offered him: "I got to know several different departments." As Jonathan successfully completed his apprenticeship, he received a one-year contract from SIX and continues to work in the department where he was previously an apprentice.
Former commercial apprentice Driton Halili even managed to land himself a permanent position, and it was also in the exact place in which he had always wanted to work. Looking back three years, he said: "Back in summer 2010, I was really looking forward to starting my career and it also helped that it was the workplace of my dreams – the stock exchange!" Suffice to say, he found his first day working at the Swiss Exchange six months later to be as impressive as he imagined. However, going to camp with the apprentices and being allowed to help with the organisation and realisation of Brennpunkt Schweiz 2013 are also up there with his first day at work as being unforgettable moments.
Driton explained that once he started in his permanent position, he was tasked with additional jobs and had to assume more responsibility and work more independently. "After one-and-a-half years of my apprenticeship, I was totally convinced that I had chosen the right career path and this allowed me to make the transition into professional life in a very calm and inquisitive manner."
Eight of the original eleven apprentices will start their careers at SIX, as the company was able to offer them temporary contracts for a minimum of one year. One of the IT apprentices has opted to use the professional qualification he has earned to sit the "Passerelle", so that he can study at university afterwards.
13 young people will start their apprenticeship at SIX in the middle of August – six apprentices and an intern will start in the commercial sector, as well as four system technicians and three application developers. This will take the number of apprentices working at both SIX locations in Zurich and the location in Olten as of summer 2013 to 45, in addition to three commercial interns and one IT intern.
SIX views its apprentice training program as part of its social responsibility. The apprentices receive in-depth and practical vocational training and a deep insight into the various fields of business in which a financial infrastructure service provider is involved, and at the same time acquire specialised technical knowledge while carrying out tasks that are not commonplace in their daily work routine. All of this ensures that the apprentices are regarded as valuable young talents that are key to the positioning of SIX as a highly specialised company.