Post-Matura Commercial Education

Become a certified economist in just 24 months

You want to start your career immediately after graduating high school? Zurich offers just such an opportunity, which is an attractive alternative to university. We will provide business training and an internship, and you will be paid for the duration of the 24-month course. All of this is governed by the framework of the post-Matura economics apprenticeship known as PWA (Postmaturitäre Wirtschaftsausbildung). The theoretical and practical training will be held in German only and will take place in Zurich.

How the training works

The training period lasts 24 months and comprises the following steps:

  • A block of six months of studying at the Kaderschule Zurich
  • 18-month internship at Zurich
  • Completion of the program leads to qualification as a certified economist

Six months at the Kaderschule

At Zurich, the PWA begins each year in February with the study block. You attend our partner institution, the Kaderschule Zurich, in either Zurich or Winterthur. Zurich pays the cost of your studies.

During this six months of intensive study (full-time), you will acquire a basic knowledge in the following fields:

  • Economics 
  • Accounting
  • IT
  • Business management
  • Law 
  • Business English
  • Business French 

At the end of this six-month block, you will take written and oral certification exams for the PWA.

Kaderschule Zurich
www.kszh.ch

18-month internship

Your internship at Zurich begins immediately after you complete the study block – you will receive remuneration for the internship. Over the course of 18 months, you will acquire a range of practical experience in up to three areas*. You can choose among the following:

  • Human Resources 
  • Finance
  • Marketing 
  • Communication
  • Strategic Support

* If a department does not have a free internship at that time, the intern is obliged to make a different choice.

Your certification with reference and diploma

After you successfully complete both the theoretical part and your internship, you will receive a reference and the Kaderschule Zurich will award a diploma.

Get ahead in the business world

Zurich is dedicated to promoting highly skilled talent. Many PWA graduates appreciate this and choose to pursue their career at Zurich. Further education at a technical college or university is a useful addition.

Prerequisites and applications

You are an ideal candidate for this program if you have the following profile:

  • Successful completion of your Matura or equivalent
  • Motivation and ability to learn quickly
  • Demonstrating self-initiative and responsibility 
  • Performance at a high level and willingness to learn
  • Experience in a work environment 

All of our programs begin in February. Starting in August, please send your full application by e-mail to: hr.apprentices@zurich.ch

Applications have to be submitted in German.