SWISS to take over part of SR Technics’ vocational training

Zurich Airport, 25 May 2016

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is to assume responsibility for the training of future polymechanics and automation engineers from SR Technics in Zurich with effect from 1 August. The action has been prompted by a greater need at SWISS for specialists in these fields, as a result of the expansion of its aircraft maintenance activities at Zurich Airport.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has resolved to invest further in its apprentice training and take over part of the vocational training currently provided by SR Technics in Zurich from 1 August. As a result, SWISS will in future conduct its own training of apprentice polymechanics and automation engineers.

The two companies have a long history of sharing the Vocational Training department, and the move has been prompted by an increased demand at SWISS for specialists in these fields, which the new in-house training should at least partially meet. The greater need for such personnel is due to the planned expansion of SWISS’s aircraft maintenance operations, in the light of the current extensive renewal of the SWISS aircraft fleet.

The move is also advantageous for SR Technics, as the company continues benefitting from the future training programs, while strengthening its global presence

In view of these developments, SWISS and SR Technics embarked on a joint project to reappraise these key training areas. And, in the light of their deliberations, they have agreed that the polymechanic and automation engineer training concerned should be transferred to SWISS.

“We will be investing tens of millions over the next few years in ensuring a continued inflow of highly-qualified technicians into our company and the broader aviation industry,” says Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer at SWISS. “And, in doing so, we will be offering many motivated young individuals a solid training foundation at our Zurich operations.”

“Over the past years SR Technics’ vocational training has offered numerous opportunities for its apprentices, and it is great to see that Swiss is now taking the lead, investing in the programs’ future development. This transaction is a win-win not only for SWISS and SR Technics, but also for the current and future apprentices seeking opportunities in the aviation industry,” adds Frank Walschot, Chief Operation Officer at SR Technics.

SR Technics’ vocational training is one of the biggest such operation in the Zurich region, with 127 apprentices currently pursuing 11 different occupations. With its extensive infrastructure and its instructors’ skills and experience, SR Technics offers unique training facilities, and its services have been utilized by SWISS and its apprentices for many years now.

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is Switzerland’s national airline, serving 102 destinations in 46 countries from Zurich and Geneva and carrying more than 16 million passengers a year with its 95-aircraft fleet. The company’s Swiss WorldCargo division provides a comprehensive range of airport-to-airport airfreight services for high-value and care-intensive consignments to some 130 destinations in over 80 countries. As “The Airline of Switzerland”, SWISS embodies the country’s traditional values, and is committed to delivering the highest product and service quality. With its workforce of 8,564 personnel, SWISS generated total operating income of CHF 5 billion in 2015. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group, and is also a member of Star Alliance, the world’s biggest airline grouping.