For several years already, Switzerland and Australia have a trainee exchange to enable young professionals under 30 years of age to improve their occupational and linguistic skills for a maximum duration of 18 months in Switzerland and Australia respectively. Applicants need to find an employer prior to commencing their application.
Applicants wishing to go to Switzerland
The flyer Trainee Exchange for Young Professionals Switzerland-Australia for young Australians gives you an overview of the opportunities.
In order to qualify for the trainee exchange, applicants must have concluded vocational training of at least 2 years or be in possession of a degree related to their prospective employment in Switzerland.
More information can be found on the Young Professionals (trainees) website of the State Secretariat for Migration.
Applications have to be handed in to the Embassy of Switzerland in Canberra via email.
Applicants wishing to go to Australia and Australian employers wishing to employ a trainee from Switzerland
The flyer Trainee Exchange for Young Professionals Switzerland-Australia for Australian employers informs you about the possibilities of getting some young Swissness in to your company.
The State Secretariat for Migration has published an informative brochure outlining the procedure for Swiss applicants
The Australian Embassy in Berlin has published information on the Switzerland trainee exchange for Swiss nationals wishing to go to Australia as trainees and for Australian employers wishing to participate in the trainee exchange.
Applications can be handed in to the State Secretariat for Migration in Berne, Switzerland (Australian employers send their Statutory Declararation to the Australian Department for Employment).