A wide range of opportunities for training and further education

We attach great importance to providing a high level of basic training, encourage our employees to complete their federal vocational baccalaureate, and offer our support to those who wish to undertake placements in other language regions of Switzerland or abroad.

All our employees participate in an average of two days of training per year on average, because we see continuous learning as a priority. We run our own training centres in both Muttenz and Jongny, offering a total of more than 300 training courses. We invest more than CHF 45 million each year in our in-house training courses and also support employees attending external courses, both financially and in terms of time. In 2015, our employees participated in a total of 68 913 days of training or further education. For management staff, it was 21 736 days.

An important training company in Switzerland

At the end of 2015, the Coop Group employed a total of 3 410 apprentices. As one of the largest providers of apprenticeships, we thus make a major contribution towards vocational training in Switzerland. Each year, more than 1000 young people take up their apprenticeship with Coop in 31 different professions. The success rate for those completing their apprenticeship was 96.7 per cent in 2015, similar to that of the previous year. More than 60 per cent of all apprentices were taken on afterwards on permanent contracts in our company.

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Future Workshop: Coop apprentices develop ideas for sustainability

With the aim of finding out ways of getting teenagers and young adults interested in sustainability issues, we held a Future Workshop with 18 Coop apprentices at the beginning of June 2017. For two days, our future-oriented apprentices discussed exciting ideas for sustainability. On the first day, guest speaker Dominik Stutz from WWF Switzerland gave the trainees an understanding of what sustainability means. Based on their own personal footprint, they realized what impact they have on the environment. On the second day, held at the «Launchlabs» innovation loft in Basel, they used their creativity, energy and motivation to develop some exciting ideas for sustainability. The four best suggestions were then worked out in more detail and presented. The results of the two-day workshop will be incorporated into future sustainability activities.

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