A+W as employer
Discover our world: What can you expect from us as an employer? What values and culture do we live by at A+W? What are our employment conditions and how do we commit ourselves to our employees?
For us, the employees are the capital of our company; they are the centre of our interest! We cultivate an open communication culture, focus on cooperation, fair working conditions, mutual appreciation and trust. In addition, we promote a corporate culture in which the abilities of all can develop.
Our terms of employment
Fair, market-driven remuneration, progressive working conditions and exemplary pension benefits are the basis of our terms of employment in addition to numerous other benefits. It is important to us that flexible working time models allow our employees to balance work and leisure time - regardless of their position.
We are committed to satisfied employees and, as a responsible employer, we do everything in our power to provide our employees with an attractive working environment and ideal conditions for their professional and personal development.
In the area of further education, we support personal initiative and time commitment with an attractive internal course offering (A+W University), help finance external further education and create interesting career prospects and development opportunities.
Not only the individual employees benefit from this - because personalities with a high level of professional and social competence are a calling card for our entire company.
Welcome to our apprenticeship page! At the Amstein + Walthert engineering firm, we give top priority to the task of educating young specialists in the central fields of electrical engineering and building systems engineering. By providing a sound and well-organised educational programme, Amstein + Walthert aims to attract individuals who meet the prerequisites for the profession, for the enterprise and for advanced training at college level. Your training at Amstein + Walthert will give you an opportunity to have a look at the fascinating world of engineering at an excellent engineering firm. What awaits you here is an atmosphere in which people approach one another in a respectful, open and uncomplicated manner. Throughout your apprenticeship you'll be supported by our teaching staff and by a number of helpful company employees, people who can help you prepare for a smooth entry into your professional career.
Amstein + Walthert has been approved as a training institution that supports competitive sports. This means we give you the opportunity to seriously advance your sporting career alongside your professional career. You’ll receive the best possible support from your vocational teacher, and we’ll also create an additional agreement tailored to your specific circumstances, in which the time off for competitive sports is regularly recorded.
Would you like join us? We have many exciting and attractive apprenticeships on offer. Have a look for yourself or simply contact us at any time.
Trial apprenticeships give you an opportunity to gain an overview of a profession you would like to consider. We offer trial apprenticeships in all of the areas for which we offer full apprenticeship programmes.
It would be helpful for those interested in trial apprenticeships in electrical design EFZ and building systems design EFZ to have good grades in mathematics, geometry and physics. Moreover, an appreciation of technical details and an aptitude for abstract representation is important. You should also enjoy technical drawing, by hand or at the computer.
If you are interested in a trial apprenticeship at Amstein + Walthert, you will have to submit an application. Your written application serves primarily as a means of determining whether you have the necessary prerequisites for the profession. We also require a cover letter that addresses your motivation, a curriculum vitae, copies of your secondary school transcripts and, if available, your trial reports. Please send us your application materials by post or by e-mail.
We train apprentices in the following professions:
Electrical planner EFZ
Building services engineering planner for heating EFZ
Building services planner for ventilation EFZ
Building services engineering planner sanitary EFZ
Refrigeration system planner EFZ
If you are interested in a technical career, we would be delighted if you were to submit your complete application, including the following documents, by post or e-mail to the relevant contact at the location of your choice.
- Cover letter with account of your motivation
- Curriculum vitae with photo
- All available secondary school transcripts
- Evaluations received during trial apprenticeships or aptitude tests (if available)
Currently available apprenticeships are published on the following platforms:
We look forward to meeting you and to your valuable contribution to Amstein + Walthert. Please contact us using the contact information on the right to learn more about your future career.
Training and teaching
With a well-founded and well-organised training programme, we aim to attract qualified professionals. They should have the best prerequisites for the profession, our company, but also for further education at all educational levels. As a certified top training company, we also support our apprentices if they wish to attend additional free and support courses during working hours. In 2019 we employed 10 young women and 70 young men who completed their apprenticeship in the field of electrical and building services engineering planning with us.
Amstein + Walthert AG, Zurich assures all apprentices with a successful final apprenticeship examination and good internal performance evaluations that they will be offered a job at A+W Zurich for at least one year after completion of their apprenticeship. They are free to make use of this offer.
We also offer internships, which are very popular with students and graduates. Our internships provide a comprehensive insight into our daily work and make it easier for students to start their careers. In 2019 we were able to offer 29 young people the opportunity to complete an internship at Amstein + Walthert.
In 2019, our employees invested a total of 5,668 hours in further training at our own A+W University. The A+W University aims to develop and strengthen the knowledge and skills of our employees* and to expand the company's competencies. In this way, we secure our company's access to the business areas of the future and offer our employees appropriate development opportunities. The A+W University is open to all employees.
The offer is extremely varied. Courses are offered on important working tools as well as in-depth courses on special topics. Spatial coordination in the building model (BIM) is also a topic, as is writing practice for engineering professions or the systems and features of building automation. The programme also includes seminars on personality training and cultural events. For example, exhibitions and readings take place regularly on our premises. In 2019 the author Gabriela Kasperski read from her crime thriller "Quittengrab". Further highlights were the open day, where the employees of Amstein + Walthert in Zurich had the opportunity to show their partners and families their new workplaces. Or the presentation and discussion of the book "Four for the climate" with Günther Wessel.
Further training opportunities
In addition to the internal further education at the A+W University, we also promote external professional further education. We support our employees by crediting part of the time spent on further training as paid working time. Financing contributions can also be made towards course costs. In 2019, every employee attended an external training course at an average of 19 hours per day.
With our range of further training courses, we support lifelong learning and promote the continuous development of our employees' skills. Since 2015, we have been offering a 1.5-day seminar for all employees in the final phase of their careers on the topic of preparation for "the post-professional future".
At the Amstein + Walthert Group, our employees are the focus of our interest. The pleasant working environment ensures and promotes an open and transparent communication culture. Together with our management style, enthusiasm and passion, we round off our commitment to our employees. Through exemplary, goal-oriented and respectful managers, we motivate our employees and thus create constructive cooperation.
In line with our management principles, our management structure is flat, the operating units are manageable and the distances employees have to travel to their nearest contact point are short.
The companies of the Amstein + Walthert Group are organised in divisions, each of which is headed by a divisional manager. Together with the management, these are responsible for the operational management of the company. The Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic management of the Group. This takes place in regular exchange with the management and divisional management.
As a result of our growth in recent years, we have adapted the management structure to the new circumstances. In Zurich, the various divisions have been grouped into departments and placed under departmental management. There are four departments: HLKS Building Construction, HLKS Healthcare/Pharmaceutical/Industry, Electrical/GA and Consulting.
The majority of the companies in the A+W Group have a regional focus. The managers (divisional and executive management) are familiar with local conditions. This enables them to deal competently with the concerns of our employees and our customers and contributes significantly to their acceptance.
The Amstein + Walthert Group works with the management methodology "Leading with goals". To this end, overriding strategic goals are defined annually and concretised for the individual departments and divisions. Personal interviews with all employees are held annually. Personal goals are agreed upon, mutual expectations are formulated, and satisfaction with the current work situation is discussed. The employees are supported in achieving their goals by their superiors.
If required or on request (but at least every three years), a personnel development interview is also held, at which an exchange of views on personal career and further training intentions takes place. These interviews form the basis for the individual development and career planning of M-employees. The possible profiles and promotion levels are set out in the quality manual.
Wherever possible, operational changes are worked out in dialogue with the persons concerned and communicated as soon as possible. However, there are no minimum notification periods.
Health and safety at work
We accept our responsibility as an employer and do everything in our power to ensure safety at work, taking into account proportionality. The risk of occupational accidents is greatest on construction sites. We have therefore drawn up a safety concept accordingly. Guidelines and checklists specify which protective equipment is necessary in which situations. The safety regulations are communicated in regular training courses. Our safety officer is responsible for regularly updating and communicating the safety regulations.
Amstein + Walthert has been a member of the Suva Safety Charter since 2018. The signatories of the charter are committed to ensuring that safety rules are observed in the workplace.
Unfortunately, accidents cannot be completely prevented. In 2019 there were 9 occupational accidents (BU) and 174 non-occupational accidents (NBU). This resulted in a total of 929 lost working days, which corresponds to 0.95 lost working days per full-time equivalent. Although the total number of accidents increased slightly compared to the previous year due to non-occupational accidents, the number of lost working days was still slightly higher. However, thanks to the rising number of employees*, the number of days lost per full-time equivalent fell from 1.09 to 0.95.
For every 200,000 hours worked, 0.98 occupational accidents occurred in our company in 2019 (accident rate according to OSHA calculation method). The figure has fallen by 0.17 compared to the previous year.
The health of our employees* is very important to us. Therefore, the companies of the Amstein + Walthert Group regularly carry out health promotion campaigns. In many branches, we offer our employees* a fruit basket or apples during the winter months or, in some cases, all year round. In summer, on the other hand, the focus is on exercise.
The branches in Geneva, Bern and Zurich took part in the "Bike to work" campaign in 2019. Teams were formed within the company, which in spring covered part or all of their working route by bike. In total, the participating teams covered around 24,900 km by bike, a quarter more than in the previous year.
Unfortunately, however, neither fruit nor exercise can completely keep the flu and other bugs away. In 2019, there were a total of 5,463 days lost due to illness, which corresponds to about 5.6 days of absence per full-time job. In the previous year, the figures were significantly lower, with 4,450 days lost in total and 4.9 days lost per full-time employee.
We make sure that our employees* are able to balance their professional and private lives. Our working time model aims to provide flexible working arrangements. This means that employees have the opportunity to organise their personal working hours themselves, subject to certain conditions. There is also the possibility of part-time employment, which is taken up by around 23% of our employees. The standard working time is 41.5 hours and 25 days of holidays are granted per year. It is also possible to apply for unpaid leave. In accordance with the employment regulations, applications for unpaid leave (minimum 1 month/maximum 6 months, starting on the first of each month) are assessed individually by the head of department or managing director.
We are committed to equal opportunities in working life. We promote equality between women and men in the workplace and prevent discrimination in employment, working conditions, remuneration, further training and the allocation of tasks. The proportion of women in engineering professions is generally low. In the companies of the Amstein + Walthert Group, 20% are female. This figure has not changed in recent years. There are 93 men and 2 women in divisional and management functions.
We offer our employees a contemporary remuneration with 13th month's salary as well as profit sharing. In order to promote transparency with regard to remuneration, salary ranges for the various functions can be viewed by employees on our intranet. To classify within the salary ranges, technical, social, management and marketing competence, responsibility, experience, training and further training as well as the requirements of the position in question are taken into account.
We are committed to the compatibility of work and family. We are meeting this challenge with flexible working hours and increased child allowances, among other things. 9 employees took parental leave in 2019. We are pleased that the majority of them were able to welcome them back after parental leave. During maternity leave, which lasts 14 weeks (16 weeks in Geneva), our employees are entitled to 100% salary payment.
Our commitment - our success
Our principles of equality are bindingly laid down in the employment regulations. In 2017, we received confirmation with the standard analysis model of the Swiss Confederation that the audited branches with more than 50 employees of the Amstein + Walthert Group comply with the equal pay principle for men and women. No incidents of discrimination of any kind have been reported for the 2019 financial year. We are committed to maintaining this status quo in the coming years.
The Amstein + Walthert Group has its own employee benefit fund, which regulates the provision for employees in old age and disability as well as for their survivors in the event of death. As an employer, Amstein + Walthert pays around two thirds of the contributions for savings and risk, while employees pay one third. In the 2019 financial year, 53 people received a pension. The number of actively insured persons was 910 (+10% compared to 2018).
A pension fund must provide security at all times to cover the obligations entered into. This is expressed by the coverage ratio, which should be 100% or more. It shows the ratio of available pension capital (active, disabled, retired and technical provisions) to net pension assets. At the balance sheet date 31 December 2019, the pension fund has a funding ratio of approximately 125.6%. In the reporting period, the retirement assets bore interest at 3% (minimum interest rate according to BVG 2019: 1%).
In the 2019 financial year, the pension fund chose a balanced investment strategy with the following proportions: cash and cash equivalents 3.2%, equities 43.9%, bonds 33.9%, real estate 18.1% and alternative investments 0.9%.
The value fluctuation reserve was higher than in the previous year and amounted to 21.5% (+7.1 percentage points) at the end of the financial year. This is due to the positive performance of 13.4% in 2019 (2018: -3.6%).
Collective daily sickness benefit insurance
The Amstein + Walthert Group has its own collective daily sickness benefit insurance as well as an accident insurance policy that ensures continued payment of wages in the event of incapacity to work due to illness or accident. 100% of the net salary is guaranteed up to the 180th day, followed by a daily allowance of 80% of salary until the 730th day.
The premiums for the collective daily sickness benefit insurance are paid half by Amstein + Walthert and half by the employee. Premiums for occupational and non-occupational accident insurance are paid in full by Amstein + Walthert.