Work opportunities

The inmates at the prisons, remand centres, and centres for correctional measures have the opportunity of working during their incarceration. Here are the different institutions’ workshops and manufacturing facilities.

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Workshops of the pre-trial prisons

At the workshops of the five pre-trial prisons (Dielsdorf, Limmattal / Dietikon, Pfäffikon, Winterthur, Zurich), some 400 inmates perform a variety of basic tasks.

Services 

The workshops offer the following services:

  • Packaging and repacking
  • Labelling
  • Electrical assembly / fitting
  • Installation of appliances/devices
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Assemblies
  • Mailings
  • Mailshots / mass mailing
  • Cutting to size

Additionally, the Winterthur prison specializes in washing and cutting vegetables.

Workshops of the correctional facilities

At the workshops of the three correctional facilities (Affoltern am Albis, Bachtel, Airport Prison), the inmates perform a variety of basic tasks. 

Services

The following services are carried out in the workshops:

  • Packaging and repacking
  • Labelling
  • Electrical assembly/fitting
  • Installation of appliances / devices
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Assemblies
  • Mailings
  • Mailshots / mass mailing
  • Cutting to size

Products

The Bachtel Correctional Facility specializes in the direct sales of firewood, plants, and flowers.  

VET facilities of the Centre for Correctional
Measures Uitikon 

In the following facilities, the Centre for Correctional Measures Uitikon (MZU) offers vocational education and training for the degrees Federal Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (Eidgenössisches Fähigkeitszeugnis EFZ), Federal Certificate of Vocational Education and Training (Eidgenössisches Berufsattest EBA), and competence certificate:

  • VET workshops of the secure unit: The MZU has three workshops (paintwork, metalwork, carpentry) and one creative studio, where vocational assessments are made and apprentices are taught and trained by experienced mentors.
  • Nursery 
  • Housekeeping
  • Kitchen
  • Schlossgut farm
  • Waldegg garage 
  • Technical service

Services

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The MZU’s paintwork workshop is a modern facility with a high-performance spraying booth, allowing for commissions of all sizes. The workshop guarantees high-quality work, compliance with agreements concerning prices and deadlines, and the use of environmentally friendly materials. 

What the workshop offers
  • Façade renovations
  • Apartment renovations
  • Stairway renovations
  • General spatterwork

Feel free to call for a non-binding offer.

Telephone +41 44 498 23 20
Fax +41 44 498 23 29
malerei-mzu@ji.zh.ch  

The metal construction workshop of the MZU is a modern facility equipped with all the necessary machines. This enables a variety of services – from general metalwork to custom products.

What the workshop offers
  • Custom outdoor furniture
  • Banisters and handrails
  • Projecting roofs and partition walls
  • General work and repairs

Feel free to call for a non-binding offer.

Telephone +41 44 498 23 10
Fax +41 44 498 23 19
metallbau-mzu@ji.zh.ch

The carpentry workshop of the MZU is a modern facility that ensures comprehensive training for the young offenders. It makes sure that the wood that is used is from sustainable, certified silviculture and offers furniture for outdoor and indoor use as well as everyday objects. 

What the workshop offers
  • Tables and chairs made from solid wood
  • Outdoor tables and benches
  • Shelves and beds made to measure
  • General carpentry work

Feel free to call for a non-binding offer.

Telephone +41 44 498 23 40
Fax +41 44 498 23 49
schreinerei-mzu@ji.zh.ch  

At the MZU’s nursery, plant lovers can shop for indoor and outdoor plants that were cultivated on-site. There are also fresh and seasonal cut flowers and bouquets for every occasion, decorations, gifts, furniture, and other items for sale at the MZU’s shop.

What the nursery offers
  • Spring, summer, and autumn flowers
  • Herbs and spices
  • Bouquets, flower arrangements, and gifts
  • Flower arrangements for any occasion

Feel free to call for a non-binding offer.

Telephone +41 44 498 23 30
Fax +41 44 498 23 39
gaertnerei-mzu@ji.zh.ch  

The Schlossgut farm is leased by the Centre for Correctional Measures Uitikon and, as its partner, trains young offenders to be farmers. The farm includes a large herd of dairy cattle with young cattle rearing as well as a variety of field crops.

What the farm offers
  • Boarding for horses in modern bays with access to the outside
  • Firewood delivery
  • Direct sales of milk and potatoes

Feel free to call for a non-binding offer.

Telephone +41 44 498 24 02
Fax +41 43 321 98 65
h.stalder@dtc.ch  

As a partner of the Centre for Correctional Measures Uitikon, the Waldegg garage offers young offenders vocational training in vehicle maintenance. The car repair shop is a modern facility that offers its clients a diverse range of services.

What the garage offers
  • Repairs and servicing for all brands
  • Troubleshooting / diagnostic analysis
  • Window tinting
  • Seasonal check and check before presenting for inspection

Feel free to call for a non-binding offer.

Telephone +41 44 491 77 05
Fax +41 44 491 77 06
waldegg-garage@uitikon.ch  

Products

At the MZU’s workshops, the inmates manufacture products that can be purchased at the centre's shop.

Pöschwies Correctional Facility

At the Pöschwies Correctional Facility (JVA Pöschwies), all 397 inmates are obligated to work (in or outside of their cells). The JVA Pöschwies has 22 commercial and utility facilities in the following fields:

     
Assembly +41 43 257 17 23 montagen.poeschwies@ji.zh.ch
Manufacturing +41 43 257 17 05 vollzugsgewerbe.poeschwies@ji.zh.ch
Graphics, printing, cardboard packaging
+41 43 257 17 02 gdk.poeschwies@ji.zh.ch
Wickerwork +41 43 257 17 10 korberei.poeschwies@ji.zh.ch
Nurserry +41 43 257 17 07 gaertnerei.poeschwies@ji.zh.ch
Carpentry +41 43 257 17 27
schreinerei.poeschwies@ji.zh.ch
Metalwork +41 43 257 17 25 metallbau.poeschwies@ji.zh.ch
Tailoring +41 43 257 17 27 schneiderei.poeschwies@ji.zh.ch
Paintwork +41 43 257 17 21 malerei.poeschwies@ji.zh.ch
Bakery +41 43 257 17 01 baeckerei.poeschwies@ji.zh.ch
Studio +41 43 257 17 30 atelier.poeschwies@ji.zh.ch

Services

They offer the following services, among others:

  • Component assembly
  • Wiring
  • General assembly / installation tasks
  • Processing and shrinking of commodities and consumer goods (no foodstuffs)
  • Packaging of all sorts
  • Processing items in series
  • Finishing and equipping
  • Packing and dispatching mailings

Products

In the workshops of the Pöschwies Correctional Facility, the inmates manufacture products that can be purchased at the prison’s shop pöschwies 45.

Workshop conditions

The workshops and other facilities are equipped with the newest machines and tools and offer the inmates a realistic work environment. The foremen operate their workshops according to economic principles. The incarcerated persons receive adequate wages for good work.

Principles of prisoner employment

  • Incarcerated persons are given sensible and useful work so that they do not lose touch with how it is to live outside the prison and be part of the workforce.
  • The incarceration period is to include a suitable, appropriate occupation in order to improve the inmates’ chances of re-entering the labour market after being released.
  • In the prisons, the inmates receive adequate wages for good work.

Contact

Corrections and Rehabilitation More information

Address

Hohlstrasse 552
P.O. Box
8090 Zürich
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