Temporary agency workers often face challenges in accessing the training they need. They change the sector they work in, stay only for a short time in a company or lack the necessary resources to finance training on their own.
Swiss trade unions and employers in the agency work sector set up a training fund, "TempTraining", through a Collective Labour Agreement which has been declared binding by the federal government. It is therefore applicable to all agency work companies active in the country.
After working a certain amount of time, agency workers are entitled to get up to CHF 4,000 as training allowance. They can freely choose among an offer of more than 800 schools across Switzerland, no matter their professional background, which therefore enables them to retrain in a completely different trade and improves their employability.
Since workers do not work during the period of training, they are also entitled to up to CHF 2,000 in compensation for the missed working hours. The working time necessary to be eligible for the training allowance is calculated by adding up the hours registered over the different missions and staffing agencies of the last 12 months.
CHF 16,000,000annual budget
CHF 11,300,000spent in 2017
7,544people trained in 2017
➡ Trade unions (Unia, Syna, Angestellte Schweiz, KV Schweiz)