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.
Coop apprentices learn and teach
Since 2010, Coop apprentices have demonstrated first-hand as part of a project week what we do for more sustainability at Coop. In a point-to-point run, four young people present an own-label brand from the sustainability range. The Coop apprentice also has to pass this knowledge on to future teachers. During the project week, the 60-70 participants learn the three pillars of our sustainability strategy concept and the implementation of it that is relevant to them:
- Sustainable products and services
- Resource efficiency and climate protection
- Employees and society