Commitments in Switzerland Youth Unemployment Initiative

Youth Unemployment Initiative

Credit Suisse is committed to improving the job prospects of young people. With its "Together We Can Tackle Youth Unemployment" initiative, the bank has supported various programs between 2010 and early 2015 with around 30 million Swiss francs.

The aim of the initiative was to make it easier for as many young people as possible to enter the world of work. In April 2015, the successful initiative became integrated in the national umbrella association "Check Your Chance" – a platform we continue to help develop.

The Initiative

In the context of the initiative and in collaboration with six non-profit partner organizations, we support as many young people as possible in the process of entering into a regular employment relationship. The programs successfully complement government measures in all parts of the country. From the start of the initiative in April 2010 to the end of March 2015, over 8,800 young adults had received support in the form of training and individual counseling. After a development phase of several years, the six programs are working effectively and efficiently, also helping to address counteract the shortage of skilled professionals in Switzerland in the long term.

Focus on Career Start

Starting a career sets the course for the future and can be a difficult challenge in the life of a young person. Together with our partners, we aim to contribute to facilitating professional training and integration into the labor market for as many young people as possible. If, despite personal effort, young adults are unable to find a first job following their apprenticeship or graduation, this could permanently exclude them from their chosen profession. This has long-term consequences for society. The situation is equally difficult for young people who have not yet completed any initial training. Here too, "Check Your Chance" is taking action – and contributes to the long-term promotion of Switzerland as a center of education and employment.

Facts and Figures


young people received training and individual advice 


of all program participants were able to embark on a career of benefited from professional training and development opportunities 


young people successfully completed a program 


young people subsequently secured pernament employment 


people obtained fixed-term positions


people embarked on training 

The reported figures refer to the period from April 2010 - March 2015

Our Partners

Credit Suisse had concluded partnership agreements with six selected non-profit organizations, and supports projects that help young people make a successful transition from education to a regular employment relationship (Transition II). Currently, the following non-profit organizations are members of "Check Your Chance":

Partner Organizations

Intégration Pour Tous / jeunes@work

A series of courses, individual coaching and work placements over a period of three months prepare apprentices and other secondary school leavers (level II) for their entry into the job market. They also receive assistance in finding their first job. jeunes@work has operated successfully in French-speaking Switzerland since 2008 and is supported by both the canton and SECO. /

Fondazione youLabor / Career Start-up

During a four-month period, graduates of apprenticeships and colleges receive help in entering the job market with courses, individual coaching, and strategic searches for a specific position. The Career Start-Up project is aligned to the specific needs of the canton of Ticino. /

Network LBV

First introduced in 2006, the vocational certificate is not well known to the general public. This is why the vocational certificate associations Lernwerk (AG), overall (BS), fripab (FR), Bildungsnetz (ZG), Berufslehr-Verbund Zürich (ZH) and Chance (ZH) have joined forces to create a network that will raise businesses' awareness of the skills of vocational certificate holders and opportunities for employing the young people concerned. At the same time, people leaving with a vocational certificate from these organizations each year will be given support in finding a permanent job.

SLA Regional Associations / CT2

Since 2010, apprentices and graduates have benefited from a new program: The CT2 program helps young adults get started in the working world with an application workshop, job hunting, individual advice and individual/group coaching after they have completed their initial training program. It also supports them during their probationary period at work. Several SLA Regional Associations help young people with finding a job and professional integration. /

Stiftung Pro Juventute / MyFutureJob

The program for professional reorientation from Pro Juventute is aimed at young people between 18 and 25 who do not secure continued employment on completion of initial training, can no longer continue in their chosen profession due to physical or mental health reasons, or just don't know which way to turn in their careers. Pro Juventute provides individual occupational and careers advice with regard to alternative occupations, training and development as well as advice for a successful job search. In addition, a detailed competency-based test can be completed to analyze the current situation if required. The offer is available throughout Switzerland. /