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Natalie Prack

Apprenticeship as a commercial assistant in private insurance AFC

The three-year commercial apprenticeship in the insurance sector gives you the best possible preparation for the apprenticeship exams and the world of work.

What you can expect from an apprenticeship as a commercial assistant in private insurance (Advanced Federal Certificate)

The apprenticeship begins in August and lasts three years. We offer you fascinating work in terrific teams and take a personalized, cutting-edge approach to ready you for today’s dynamic working world. After completing your apprenticeship, you will be on track for a permanent position with Helvetia, whether in a specialist department at headquarters or in sales support at a general agency. And if you discover a passion for consulting during your apprenticeship, you can qualify as a customer advisor by completing the two-year Sales Excellence Programme. One thing is certain: you’ll never get bored at Helvetia. You’ll be learning new things all the time. What’s more, we set great store by your opinions and ideas in our day-to-day work environment.

Diverse insights and broad-based knowledge

To offer you as many insights as possible into different areas, you will change department each year of your apprenticeship. You will also have a chance to take a peek at other departments for a few months. That way, you will gain experience and deepen your knowledge in one particular area, but still experience the diversity of Helvetia.

In addition, you will build up your knowledge by attending vocational college as well as external courses offered by the canton

Design your own apprenticeship

The modular structure, comprising compulsory and optional components, enables you to tailor your apprenticeship in line with your interests – because Helvetia is always more than just the department you happen to be in at the time. That’s why we give you the opportunity to choose an optional module that will allow you to take a look at other departments or types of work.

So if you want to be a bit more creative, for example, you can apply your digital native know-how to a social media project. Or if you fancy improving your foreign language skills, you can spend a few months in a different language region abroad or in Switzerland as part of your apprenticeship.

But even the compulsory modules still leave room for fun. For example, there’s the Start Camp, an event you take part in with other apprentices from all over Switzerland, and opportunities to focus on specific subjects in the context of your practical work in the office. We offer a wide range of courses because we recognize the importance of allowing you to influence the design of your apprenticeship according to your own personal interests and strengths.

Events and get-togethers – because fun is part and parcel of the job

At Helvetia, we believe in the importance of social interaction. We organize various events – like StartCamp, which is held at the beginning of your apprenticeship – and let you participate in the Annual General Meeting or spend a year abroad. That makes for more variety during your apprenticeship and is an opportunity for you to network with colleagues and make friends. Fit4Exams Camp, where we revise with you everything you have learnt, takes place in the third year of your apprenticeship and is perfect preparation for your final apprenticeship exams. And we save the best for last: when you have passed your final exams, we celebrate your success together with you in July.

Ready to take up the challenge?

If you have good school grades, are open to new things and enjoy dealing with people, you’ve got the best qualities to start your apprenticeship with us.

The same applies to our young talents: work up to 100% in the FlexOffice.

You will also benefit from six weeks' holiday and many other benefits such as a voucher for CHF 500 for your private laptop and great graduation gifts.

Helvetia Insurance Switzerland also won the Great Place To Work – "Great Start" seal for the outstanding conditions it offers in relation to its apprenticeships, trainee programme and Young Insurance Professional programme.

The commercial assistant apprenticeship at a glance
Model commercial assistent private insurance

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