Trainees are qualified young people under 30 years old who come to Switzerland for a few months for further training.

The vocational trainee programme is based on international agreements between Switzerland and other states.

Work and residence permits are issued valid for a maximum of 18 months.


  • Qualified young people aged between 18 and 30 (some countries up to 35)
  • Trade/profession after a minimum of two-years training
  • Employment in their own trade/profession
  • Salaries in compliance with going local rates for the profession


The authority responsible for Trainee-Applications is the State Secretariat for Migration SEM.