Apprenticeship in business administration EFZ

The hotel, gastronomy and tourism sector

A strong start to your career - what can you expect?

As a clerk in the tourist office of Lenk-Simmental Tourism, you will have the unique opportunity to get to know and help shape the varied and exciting areas of guest advice, accounting and marketing.

You will be quickly integrated into our small company, learn a lot and quickly become a valued and important team member. You will be supported and guided by the team and acquire the know-how you need for a successful entry into the professional world.

The specialization offered in the third year of the apprenticeship is: communication with stakeholders in German, the national language. For outstanding students, we offer the opportunity to combine basic commercial training with a vocational baccalaureate.

What does everyday teaching look like?

The commercial apprenticeship usually lasts three years. During this time, you will attend vocational school one or two days a week. The remaining days you work in the company. You will sometimes work at weekends, but you will have two days off during the week. In addition to your apprenticeship, you will also attend inter-company courses in the hotel, catering and tourism sector. The training is clearly structured so that you can work in all areas of the business.

In the guest advisory service, you will learn how to advise guests competently about our vacation region at the counter, on the phone or by e-mail. This can be in German, French or English. At the counter, you will be introduced to cash register handling and sell ski tickets, vouchers and much more. In accounting, you will learn how to process payments and issue invoices. In marketing, you will take on your own projects such as writing the event program (S)Immer Aktuell. You will manage certain summer and winter events on your own and use a graphic design program to design flyers, write texts for the website and lend a hand on the day of the event. You will actively help with the operation of the website www.lenk-simmental.ch and social media such as Instagram.

You will gain a broad and comprehensive insight and get to know all facets of a tourism office in practice.

What are the requirements for a commercial apprenticeship?

We are looking for young people who are ready to enter the world of work. We require a personal interest in the world of tourism. You should also have the following:

  • Secondary school leaving certificate or secondary school leaving certificate with attendance of the 10th school year and very good grades
  • Year in Switzerland highly desirable
  • A "can do" mentality, motivation and enthusiasm for the region
  • Enjoy working with people on a daily basis
  • Interest in winter sports (skiing, snowshoeing, etc.), cycling, biking, hiking and other activities that can be done in the region
  • Geographical knowledge of the Simmental
  • Verbal and written fluency (there is a lot of paperwork)
  • Reliability, motivation and ability to work independently
  • Curiosity and quick comprehension
  • You enjoy working on the computer and are (almost) fluent in typing

That little bit extra for you

  • 5 weeks vacation
  • Year-round subscription for the mountain railroads in the Simmental
  • Subscription for the Wallbach adventure pool
  • Subscription for the ice rink and cross-country ski trail network in the Simmental
  • Half of the costs and vacation days for language courses are covered by the company

What happens after the commercial apprenticeship?

Completing your apprenticeship opens up various opportunities for work in this field and/or further training. To name just a few: A vocational baccalaureate, a professional certificate or higher professional examination, for example in marketing, human resources, accounting or finance, a degree from a higher technical college, a bachelor's or master's degree in business and management or tourism.

Are you motivated and want to apply or get a taste?

Take the first step and get in touch with us. Contact the vocational trainer Rahel Rösti, r.roesti@lenk-simmental.ch, 033 736 32 40 for a taster day or send your application directly by post or email with a letter of motivation, CV, copies of certificates from the last three years and any other documents such as placement tests.

Still not sure about your career choice?

The careers advice and information centre (BIZ) in Thun will help you find out which profession suits your interests. Book a counselling appointment on site (also possible by phone or video call) or browse through the information centre yourself. In this case, a taster day with us is also possible.