Banking education for secondary school-leavers

Banking education for secondary school-leavers

What should you do after completing your Matura? Get started at a bank with our 18-month training programme!

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Start of the next training programme: On request

What you can expect

The "Bankeinstieg für Mittelschulabsolventen" (Banking for secondary school-leavers) course is the ideal start to a career for young, committed secondary school-leavers. Over a period of 18 months, you will receive comprehensive practical training in the field of banking. At the end of the course you will receive the "Bankeinstieg für Mittelschulabsolventen" (Banking for secondary school-leavers) certificate from the Swiss Bankers Association. Your 18-month training course at Baloise Bank SoBa will provide you with practical experience and theoretical knowledge.

Your theoretical training will take place in the Swiss Banks' competence centre for modern learning (CYP). You will be taught about banking and learn consultation and sales skills. This part of the course lasts for 16 days and is divided into different modules.

We are responsible for the practical training. You will work on the bank counter and have direct contact with customers. You will also provide information over the phone, draw up contracts and documents on the PC, analyse balance sheets and much more. It is important to us that you play an active part in our day-to-day work and become familiar with banking processes.

What we expect

To ensure that you are well-prepared for your training course at the bank, you need one of the following qualifications: a Matura (school-leaving qualification) from a Gymnasium (grammar school) (ideally with a business focus), an apprenticeship leading to the Federal Vocational Baccalaureate or a course at a Wirtschaftsmittelschule (business secondary school) leading to the Federal Vocational Baccalaureate. You will be between 18 and 24 years old, speak good German and be able to communicate in French. You should also enjoy working in a team and have a sense of responsibility for yourself, for your work and for others. Sometimes you will need staying power in order to overcome the more difficult challenges that you will face.

Trainees' experiences

Ein junger Mann steht frontal zur Kamera und lächelt in die Kamera


"BEM stands for 'Bankeinstieg für Mittelschulabsolventen' (Banking for secondary school-leavers). It sounds rather dull, but it isn't at all. My BEM internship at Baloise Bank SoBa will last for 18 months and is giving me the opportunity to try out very different kinds of work. I spent two months on the bank counter in direct contact with customers and then I moved to the mortgage and loans department. My next job will be in the credit advisory centre working with customers again. I have acquired a wide range of practical experience and this has allowed me to become familiar with the bank's day-to-day business very quickly, in a very short period of time. What do customers need in order to take out a mortgage? What is important to customers? What interests or concerns them? Which products do we offer? As well as offering technical training, my course also helps me to develop my personal skills. I have discovered that I need to take on much more responsibility at work and that I'm happy to do this. I work independently and enjoy taking the initiative. What I've learned during my time at Baloise will help me to progress on all sorts of levels."

Eine junge Frau lehnt sich an einen Stehtisch und lächelt in die Kamera


"Like Giuseppe I'm currently taking the BEM course at Baloise Bank SoBa. At the moment I'm working in the customer zone at the Dornach branch. As well as serving customers at the counter, I am responsible for a lot of customer-related background activities and for private customers. This includes lending money in the form of mortgages to private individuals. First you have to collect the customer data and check the customer's creditworthiness. After this you draw up a suitable financing proposal. What I find particularly rewarding is the opportunity to work on a wide range of different tasks. This makes the course interesting and varied. I am responsible for advising customers at the counter, but I also attend meetings on mortgage lending. The back-office is where the administration activities of the bank take place. It includes all the work on the PC and the phone that does not involve direct customer contact. Here I'm also learning a lot about opening accounts for customers and processing all the different documents that the bank needs in order to do business. I'm really looking forward to my move to the credit advisory department. The option of working in different areas of the bank is part of my training programme. Baloise is giving me a great opportunity which allows me to gain all sorts of different types of experience."

If you still have questions, speak to your contact person

Do you still have questions about the "Bankeinstieg für Mittelschulabsolventen" (Banking for secondary school-leavers) course at Baloise Bank SoBa? Call me or send me an email.

Corina König
+41 58 285 33 77

Do you have all the information you need? Then why not apply now?

Are you interested in making a sound start to your career with us? Don't miss this opportunity! We advertise training places on our job portal around a year before the start of the course. If there are no positions advertised, either we have already filled the places for the next year or we have not yet posted the advertisements. If you are uncertain about anything, you should get in touch with your contact person.

Have you found the training place that suits you? Click on the "Apply online" (in German) button in the advertisement. where you can register and upload your application documents.

You will help us and also help yourself if you make sure that your online application is complete. It must include:

  • A cover letter (stating why you are applying)
  • A CV in table form with a photo
  • Reports from your last two to three years of education
  • Any relevant certificates (for example typing, languages, IT)

We look forward to receiving your application!

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