Vocational education: Is there still a future for business in the automotive sector?

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Professional trainingIs there still a future for trade in the automotive sector?

The automotive sector is changing, but it continues to innovate, as last week’s Auto Zürich show showed very well. The automotive industry thus shows how promising it is and can offer many desirable jobs to young people. UPSA expert explains all the details.

“20 Minutes” reader question

Last week I took the opportunity to visit Auto Zürich with my son and was amazed by the range of cars and trucks there: it was impressive! Despite the recent headwinds in the sector (combustion engines are dead in 2035), my son’s passion for cars is unstoppable. He also wants to do an apprenticeship in the automotive industry. What possibilities are open to him?

Reply by Olivier Maeder from UPSA*

We are glad that your son is interested in an internship in the automotive industry. As you noted during your visit to Auto Zürich, our profession has good prospects and is constantly evolving, as are new automotive products and their various engine technologies.

As a sector and professional association, UPSA ensures that the ‘mechanics’, whether it’s electromobility or new assistance systems, are evolving as rapidly as the technology.

There are currently three main technical training courses for trainees in the automotive sector: automotive assistant AFP (2 years), automotive maintenance mechanic CFC (3 years) and automotive mechatronics engineer CFC (4 years). Two CFC training courses are available for passenger car and commercial vehicle specialties. The skills that specialized vocational schools and training companies have to impart during these three training courses are regularly reviewed and adapted to the needs of the sector so that the trainees are always at the cutting edge of technology. Necessary know-how is always in question, even within numerous additional training opportunities and high vocational training: thanks to market-oriented training, the automotive professions, whether electric or autonomous, are future-ready.

With market-based learning, the automotive business is ready for the future, whether electric or autonomous.

Olivier Maeder, UPSA

Since the training order entered into force in 2018, the skills needed to diagnose, maintain and repair electric, hybrid and alternative drive concepts have already been acquired in the basic training of vehicle mechatronics technicians. . Knowledge of driver assistance systems is also taught. “High Voltage 1” and “High Voltage 2” courses are also part of the basic training for car maintenance mechanics, so that future “experts” do not have to worry about the increasing growth of the electric motor. The next generation is informed as soon as possible about the safe use of high-voltage technology.

The next generation is informed as soon as possible about the safe use of high-voltage technology.

Olivier Maeder, UPSA

The branch is not only preparing for the arrival of more electric cars in the workshops (not to mention the 3 million petrol and 1.3 million diesel cars currently on the road in Switzerland), but also adapting training in the customer area. service. Indeed, in this field as well, as a competent mobility provider, it is important to know the different modes of movement, and even to know the possibilities of using a subscription instead of buying a vehicle. Therefore, these skills will also be integrated into the new CFC retail manager basic training “after sales” and “car sales” and from 2023, the basic training for the new commercial employee.

A job in the automotive sector offers great opportunities and attractive prospects for growth and advancement. Moreover, technological evolution means that nothing is frozen in our branch.

Technological evolution means that nothing is fixed in our branch.

Olivier Maeder, UPSA

So your son can look forward to an interesting workout. I recommend him and all other interested persons to take the aptitude test for technical occupations offered by UPSA units. That way, he can determine which basic training suits him best before even starting his apprenticeship. A good overview of all training offers is also available on the association’s website www.metiersauto.ch. There you will find all the useful information, as well as training videos that should give your son all the necessary information to choose the most suitable basic training.

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*Swiss Professional Automobile Association (UPSA) It is a Swiss mechanics association. 4,000 companies employing 39,000 people (including 9,000 young people in initial and ongoing training) ensure that we move in a safe, reliable and energy-efficient way. UPSA’s legal department and UPSA’s team of experts including Markus Aegerter (trade and services), Olivier Maeder (training) and Markus Peter (technical and environment) ensure that everything is clear.

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