Qualification in English – Apprenticeship | All professions

Qualification in English – Apprenticeship | All professions

Cambridge English Certificate "Business" or "General" 

Cambridge certificate as “unofficial” qualification in English (all vocational schools)

In Switzerland, the Cambridge exams are regarded as an "unofficial" yet significant benchmark for English language skills and competencies, as well as preparation for the next educational stage.

Why "unofficial"?

In Switzerland, the Cambridge exams are regarded as an unofficial yet significant benchmark for English language skills and competencies

Even though participation in Cambridge exams is generally voluntary in most cantons and schools within the Swiss education system, they have practically become an indispensable component of a career in nearly all sectors and most professions. This is due to their widespread acceptance and appreciation across various educational levels and in the workplace.

How to obtain an internationally recognized language certificate in all professions and vocational schools

English skills have become indispensable in all sectors of the economy, in public service, as well as in social industries. Unfortunately, not all professions and vocational schools offer their apprentices the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognized language certificate. Nevertheless, apprentices in these professions still have opportunities available to them.

For apprentices in professions such as Computer Scientist EFZ, Medical Assistant (MPA) EFZ, Draughtsperson EFZ, Caregiver EFZ, Logistician EFZ, Healthcare Specialist EFZ, Media Technician EFZ, Pharmacy Specialist EFZ (pharmaceutical assistant), Graphic Designer EFZ, Advertising Technician EFZ and others can now take the new Cambridge Linguaskill exam in addition to the traditional Cambridge exams such as Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.

With Linguaskill, it is possible to obtain a certificate in a short period of time, as it is a multilevel test that leads to an internationally recognized Cambridge certificate.

What opportunities does a Cambridge certificate offer?

In school

Schools - Swiss Exams - Benefits of a Cambridge English certificate

A Cambridge certificate not only shows that apprentices have actively worked towards acquiring these competences during their education, but also that they have shown proven ability. A CV with a Cambridge certificate is perceived positively. Preparing for a Cambridge exam ensures that young people acquire their language skills in a structured, comprehensive, and progressive way. Most of them will need these skills actively in the workplace during their training.

  • Competence Proof: Cambridge certificates prove language competence
  • CV Enhancement: These certificates add positive value to a resume
  • Structured Learning: Exam preparation ensures systematic, thorough language skill development
  • Workplace Relevance: Skills are essential and actively used during training

In the workplace

Workplace - Swiss Exams - Benefits of a Cambridge English certificate

Graduates often pursue careers where English skills are of great advantage. A Cambridge certificate not only demonstrates that applicants have actively sought to acquire these skills during their education but also that they have provided evidence of it. A resume with a Cambridge certificate in Switzerland stands out positively.

  • Career Advantage: English skills are highly beneficial in many careers
  • Skill Demonstration: Cambridge certificates validate language skills
  • Resume Impact: A resume with a Cambridge certificate stands out

In studies

Studies - Swiss Exams - Benefits of a Cambridge English certificate

Our education system in Switzerland allows for a variety of flexible career paths. As a result, an increasing number of apprentices pursue higher education upon completion of their apprenticeship. In most study programmes at UAS and HTC, Cambridge certificates are recognized as language proficiency certificates and are required. This significantly facilitates both entry into these institutions and the study process itself.

  • Certificate Recognition: UAS/HTC require Cambridge certificates for language proficiency
  • Easier Access: Certificates simplify admission and studies

How to obtain a Cambridge certificate?

Preparation in school/educational institution

Some vocational schools offer preparation courses for Cambridge exams as part of their training programme. We recommend that you inquire at the respective institution about the courses on offer.

Cambridge English Certification - preparation in school - Swiss Exams supports schools

Preparation via Swiss Exams Academy

If the vocational school does not offer preparation courses for Cambridge exams, apprentices have the opportunity to take these courses with Swiss Exams Academy.

Cambridge English Certification - Preparation at home - Course offered by Swiss Exams Academy

Self-study

Some apprentices choose to study on their own to prepare for the exams. For these ambitious individuals, we offer a variety of preparation materials and mock exams.

Cambridge English Certification - Self Study - preparation materials | Swiss Exams

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