Vocational apprenticeship
for refugees

Taking Chances

Adolescent recognized refugees and provisionally admitted foreigners have the right of residence in Switzerland.

It is of great importance for refugees – as well as for Switzerland, the country where they will be living – to be able to take successful first steps into professional life.

Completing a vocational apprenticeship program is the best way to achieve that goal.

Many adolescent refugees and provisionally admitted foreigners are highly motivated to be trained in a profession that enables them to make their own living.

The Hirschmann Foundation created a scholarship program for young people up to the age of 24 who have their residency and apprenticeship position in the canton of Argovia and who are planning to complete their Swiss Federal Vocational Certificate.

The scholarship program aims at supporting apprentices and their employers by taking the following steps:

  • competent and individual coaching of apprentices and their employers, especially to unburden the latter
  • communication between employer, vocational school, authorities and apprentices
  • weekly tutoring, especially with regard to improving German skills
  • fast and unbureaucratic interventions in case of problems

The adolescents complete a two-year vocational education and training in a profession of their choice.

After acquiring the Swiss Federal Vocational Certificate and the language skills needed to successfully communicate in the vocational world, they will have a good chance for employment.

Scholarships are awarded to committed candidates who are willing to face possible obstacles that come with their occupation and are ready to overcome them.


Partner of the Hirschmann Foundation is the Association Lernwerk in Vogelsang, canton of Argovia (2019 to 2023).

The Association Lernwerk – with its team of experienced vocational education experts – has accompanied adolescents, their parents, and employers on the path of their apprenticeship programs for many years.

They help in word and deed by approaching problems pragmatically and by indicating possible solutions when apprentices face obstacles in everyday working life or at vocational school.

Website: www.lernwerk.ch