Our vocational training programmes*, which lead to the award of a Certificat fédéral de capacité (CFC) — Federal vocational education and training certificate, are an opportunity for you to train and learn a profession. They will allow you to continue your development by giving you entry to higher education.
In 2015, Pictet received an award as best training company in the ‘Large companies’ category for the quality of its training.
*Only available in Switzerland
Vocational training programmes
A springboard to the world of work
Have you just completed your compulsory schooling with excellent results? Do you have good knowledge of English? And are you keen to find out more about the world of finance? If so, why not apply for a banking apprenticeship?
Throughout the course, our qualified trainers will be alongside you. They will ensure their knowledge is shared with you in a manner that meets the highest standards, as well as providing you with the follow-up you need from day one. Your professional, social and personal skills will be assessed regularly to measure your progress and ensure your apprenticeship is a success.
Details of the programme
Seven placements within our Technoloy & Operations Division, with the possibility of internships in trading and wealth management.
Who is involved?
Training provided jointly by the business school, the company and CYP (Challenge Your Potential).
Applications for the programme open in December every year
Every year on 1 August
Certificat fédéral de capacité (CFC) — Federal vocational education and training certificate
The apprentice recruitment campaign will start mid-January 2020.
Maturité professionnelle commerciale (MPC)
Your stepping stone to higher education
Are you in the Maturité professionnelle (MPC) stream at a business school. Do you have top school grades and a keen interest in banking? In the long term, are you thinking of going on to do higher studies (vocational training or university)? If so, the Maturité professionnelle programme is for you.
Throughout the programme, you will work closely with experienced professionals, who will share their expertise with you. Very soon you will be entrusted with tasks of your own.
Details of the programme
At Pictet's headquarters in Geneva and CYP (Challenge Your Potential)
Certificat fédéral de capacité
Maturité Professionnelle Commerciale
Banking Diploma from Swissbanking
Applications for the programme open from December every two years
Every year on 1 September
The recruitment campaign will start mid-January 2020.
Haute Ecole de Gestion (Tech&Ops Junior programme)
Broaden your horizon through higher education
Have you been awarded your maturité professionnelle commerciale (MPC), and are you seeking to enter higher education while working in the banking sector? If so, the Tech&Ops Junior programme will allow you to develop the professional skills you will require to take the next step in your career.
Details of the programme
Six internships in different business sectors: operations, fund administration, accounting, independent asset managers and middle office
At the Haute Ecole de Gestion in Geneva
At Pictet (part-time contract 60%)
Degree in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science HES-SO in Business Administration
Every year on 1 September
The recruitment campaign will start beginning March 2020.
From the social sector to a career in finance
After some time spent working in social services, Sara decided to change career paths. It was her interest in understanding the economic issues that shape our world that prompted her to start a banking apprenticeship.
After two years, has this apprenticeship met your expectations?
Yes, it's been a real opportunity. My understanding of banking and economics is much fuller now. I have a much clearer picture as well of the impact of political events – like Brexit – on stockmarkets. I gain a lot from the people I come into contact with here too. At Pictet, second-year apprentices mentor those in their first year. It creates a bond and means we can really support each other.
So you made the right choice by changing career?
Yes, I'm really happy with my decision. I'm very well looked after. In addition to the "compulsory" training classes, there are other skills I’ve learned as well, like time management and managing priorities. The banking side is really interesting. And since arriving at Pictet, I've been able to make concrete connections with my previous work experience.
Where do you see your future career?
At Pictet... working in operations! For the Front Office to run smoothly, processes have to be efficient. Finding ways of streamlining those processes, that’s what interests me. Ultimately we all have the same goal: client satisfaction. And to achieve that, it's essential that banking operations are error-free and handled correctly.
What qualities do you need for a successful apprenticeship?
- Be structured and well-organised: You need to know how to juggle your priorities between school, work at the Bank and classes.
- Curiosity: To seek to understand what you're doing and not just do things without thinking.
- Respect: The people we work with treat us as their colleagues, with respect, it's important to reciprocate.
- Patience: It might seem a long road before you get your diploma, but it's worth the effort.
What tips do you have for future bank apprentices?
Before you do an apprenticeship, research the sector and try to meet people who work in a bank so you can see if it's really right for you. If you can do a short internship, it will give you an idea of whether you're suited to this field and work environment.
The power of practical experience and networking
“Before I joined Pictet, I was hesitating between doing an IT apprenticeship and going to college. I chose college at first, before rapidly realising that it wasn't for me. It offered no opportunity to put what I was studying directly into practice, so I naturally decided to do an apprenticeship.”
Loic is now in the third year of a banking apprenticeship.
Why did you choose the banking sector?
Since I love computer science, IT came first for me, followed by banking. When I arrived at Pictet, I discovered that the things I like about IT are also to be found in banking. In both fields, you have to analyse data, evaluate situations, formulate hypotheses and find solutions that meet the needs of the user, business or client.
Why did you choose to join Pictet when you also had an offer from another bank?
I chose Pictet because its apprenticeship programme seemed to me to be more comprehensive and personalised, especially since there are fewer apprentices here than at other, much larger, institutions.
Tell us about the programme
An apprentice works in seven departments over three years. In my case, I started off with four months on the Cash Desk, then spent four months in the Safekeeping department and four months in Virements. In my second year, I was a member of the Interbank Messaging team for six months, and then spent the second half of the year in Investment Funds. I am now working in Taxation for five months and I’ll finish with seven month in Trading. So far, I've enjoyed working in the Investment Funds department best. It's very technical, which I like. However, I can’t wait to go to Trading, and I could easily see myself as a trader one day.
What was your biggest fear when you first arrived at Pictet?
Joining Pictet at the age of 15 and knowing that I’d be mixing with professionals in their forties and fifties was quite intimidating. You start from zero and have to build up everything: your skills, network and reputation, while also gaining the trust of the trainers and adapting to them all.
How did you cope?
I asked questions. Even if they sounded stupid. And I soon realised that despite their expertise and experience, my colleagues were always happy to be asked for advice, and were glad to help bring on young apprentices such as myself.
What skills have you acquired?
The ability to be organised and proactive, certainly. Above all, though, I have learned from my mistakes. Everyone is allowed to make mistakes, but you must always learn from them in order to benefit. What motives me right now is finding out why something hasn't worked, and discovering a better way of tackling the problem next time. When I worked in Investment Funds, I had to change my approach. Before that, I looked for solutions to given problems. In that team, however, we had to anticipate problems and come up with solutions before they had even occurred.
What advice would you give to an applicant coming for an interview?
Don't just find out about the sector – first and foremost be sure to learn as much as you can about Pictet. The website is a very good place to start: it gives information about the organisation, its history and even some details about its corporate philosophy and culture. If you prepare thoroughly and succeed in showing that you are motivated and that you know what you are applying for, and you manage to keep your nerves under control, there is no reason why the interview shouldn't go well. And above all, remember it’s an opportunity to talk to someone who wants to get to know you!
How would you sum up your apprenticeship?
I’m really happy with it. It's hard work, but the potential for advancement is very motivating. Everything boils down to meeting people: you forge links with students in school and with colleagues at Pictet... I've already built up an amazing network thanks to my apprenticeship, even though I’m only 18.