At Swiss Life, continuous professional development and regular investments in the employability of its staff are of paramount importance. Employees benefit from a broad range of training and development programmes. This is continuously reviewed, further developed and expanded by an expert committee in accordance with new needs and requirements. The offering is freely accessible to all employees so that they can pursue further training in line with their individual needs in their day-to-day work, regardless of time or place.
Swiss Life additionally offers its employees attractive training programmes through targeted partnerships with educational institutions such as universities:
- Swiss Life Switzerland has established an Inhouse Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in cooperation with the Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences (FH). The first graduates will complete a “CAS FH in Reinventing Work” in 2023. In cooperation with the Mendo training institution and the Institute for Financial Planning (IfFP), Swiss Life Switzerland offers its sales force employees the opportunity to qualify as a certified financial advisor IAF or Swiss federally certified financial advisor. There is also the option of taking the examination for insurance intermediaries of the Insurance Industry Vocational Training Association (VBV) that is recognised throughout Switzerland. By joining the Cicero register (the seal of approval for excellence in insurance advising), sales force employees undertake to continuously develop their skills further. In this way, customers benefit from in-depth expertise that is fully up to date at all times.
- For the training and certification of sales and asset management staff, Swiss Life France has entered into partnerships with KEDGE Business School, EM Normandie Business School and Université Paris Dauphine – PSL.
- As part of initial training or studies, Swiss Life Germany works together at the Garching and Hanover locations with the respective universities of applied sciences, vocational schools and the Berufsbildungswerk der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft (BWV Munich). In addition, actuarial training in Garching takes place in close partnership with the German Association of Actuaries (DAV).
- Swiss Life Asset Managers sponsors various study prizes in the area of promoting young talent: Together with Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, it presents the Swiss Life Thesis Award for the best Bachelor’s and Master’s theses in the field of finance and sponsors the Swiss Life MFE Award (Master of Financial Engineering) at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Since 2022, Livit has been offering a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Real Estate Accounting in cooperation with Wincasa, the school of the Swiss Real Estate Association (SVIT) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (HWZ). This practice-oriented sandwich course provides all the subject-specific and methodological basics.
Training and development for managers are based on the behavioural principles of the Swiss Life Group. The course offerings are being continually expanded to meet the current demands of the world of work, e.g. by topics such as hybrid leadership, managing virtual teams and resilience. Resilience in management means reacting flexibly, seeing mistakes as a learning opportunity, and allowing others opportunities for participation and development. These offerings are aimed at employees who are already in a management role as well as those who are new to such roles. Each division develops and implements specific leadership development programmes for different target groups in accordance with its priorities.
The Swiss Life Group also offers junior staff a wide range of vocational training courses, apprenticeships, internships, graduate and trainee programmes and combined university degrees. In Switzerland, some 88% of trainees, interns and graduates on graduate training programmes are offered employment on completion of their training.