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For more than 40 years, SGS has been running an apprenticeship scheme for young professionals at our headquarters in Geneva.

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For us, apprenticeships are a strategy for building a talent pool and fostering the next generation of skilled workers. It is also good discipline for SGS employees to explain what they do in their jobs: our workforce enjoys being challenged by the apprentices, who bring new perspectives and ideas about the way we approach certain tasks.

Both graduates and undergraduates can benefit from opportunities to work alongside our professionals. SGS apprentices can also work independently on challenging projects across multiple business functions and industry sectors. Apprenticeships typically last three years, and the apprentices spend three days in the workplace and two days in the classroom, where they study subjects that range from commerce to IT.

Each year, two applicants are selected by the apprenticeship program administrator and a member of Group HR. In 2018, the following apprentices were on a six-month rotation through our legal, finance, facilities management and procurement functions:

“The apprenticeships at SGS bring us knowledge, autonomy, diversity of work, good quality of training and professional experience.” Paul (age 19), first year

“It's an enrichment to work in various and very interesting fields of activity.” Sabrina (age 23), first year

“Thanks to SGS, I have acquired great work experience and improved many skills that will help me with my professional and academic career.” Verona (age 20), third year