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IKEA AG

Sector
Retail
Location:
Spreitenbach
Established in
1943
Employees
2936
In education
126
Website
             

We introduce ourselves

We've come a long way since Ingvar Kamprad founded IKEA in 1943. From its beginnings as a small Swedish company that sold its goods through a mail-order catalogue, IKEA has grown into one of the most recognisable home furnishings brands in the world. Today, there are hundreds of IKEA stores around the globe, with more to come.

Our great passion is home living. Our culture is built on enthusiasm, togetherness and a "we get it done" attitude. We are optimists and are always looking for new, better ways of working, from how we design a rocking chair that fits into a flat package to LED lights that are affordable for everyone. Our vision is to create a better everyday life for the countless people we serve – not only our customers, but also our employees and the people who work for our suppliers.

In Switzerland, we employ almost 3,000 people at 9 IKEA stores, a distribution centre and units of the Ingka Group. Of these 3,000 people, 124 are completing an apprenticeship at IKEA, so every day they get to experience how exciting it is to work for an international company.

We offer the following apprenticeships:

  • Sales (EFZ/EBA)
  • Logistics (EFZ/EBA)
  • Polydesigner/in 3D EFZ
  • Systemgastronomiefachmann/frau EFZ
  • pre-apprenticeship Sales
  • pre-apprenticeship Logistics

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Awards

What employees say

“When I first walked into IKEA, I was afraid that I wouldn’t meet the expectations of such a company. But thanks to IKEA, I learned to overcome my initial insecurities and just be myself. I can be sociable, I can be stubborn, I can be thoughtful, I can experience highs and lows. But that’s just me and I'm ok with that.

I’ve met a lot of experienced people who not only enhance my skills, but also provide reassurance and encouragement. I can always rely on them and see them as my role models.

During the pandemic, I have found that the closeness of the company helps to alleviate the frustrations the virus brings with it. I am extremely grateful to this company and to everyone who is part of it!”

Aurora Bassi
Apprentice Sales, IKEA Lugano
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90%
Overall, I can say that this is a very good training position.

90%
I am offered training or development to further myself professionally.

93%
The vocational trainers are competent in their work.

94%
The vocational trainers understand that mistakes can happen during work.

90%
The vocational trainers are truly interested in me as a person and not simply as a human resource.

92%
I can approach the vocational trainers with any reasonable question and will receive a direct and honest reply.

What defines us

We are a diverse group of down-to-earth, open-minded people who all have one thing in common: a passion for home furnishings. We come from all parts of the world, but share the same inspiring vision: "To create a better everyday life for everyone."

Everything is based on togetherness and enthusiasm. We work hard, but always have fun, and we are always looking for people who share our positive attitude and values. We believe that everyone has something valuable and unique to offer. This makes us all equal.

"Taking responsibility" is an important part of our apprentice training. Apprentices take responsibility for their work, their training and their development at an early stage. They are accompanied by vocational trainers and the network that links them to all the other apprentices helps them to achieve their own goals.

 

 

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What inspires us

In addition to all the general benefits, our apprentices benefit from additional special benefits for apprentices:

  • IKEA covers all costs for compulsory school materials
  • Additional learning time each week at the training company
  • Semester gift for good grades
  • Excursion for apprentices together with the vocational trainers
  • Possibility of an assignment at another IKEA store
  • Help completing an English course (voluntary)
  • 1 week preparation for the qualification process
  • Graduation gift upon successful completion of the qualification process

 

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At a glance

Age of employees

Years with company



Gender ratio

full-time / part-time



Highlights from the measures taken


Supporting our apprentices with targeted measures is very important to us, which is why the corresponding solutions look different for each apprenticeship.

In the area of sales, for example, preparation days are held for the inter-company courses and regular sales meetings are held and recorded in writing in preparation for the practical final examination. Our logistics apprentices have the opportunity to complete the forklift course with our in-house certified trainers and practice the procedures again before the qualification process.

We are always looking for opportunities to promote cross-departmental projects, as collaboration between apprentices from different apprenticeships provides an opportunity to discuss common issues and support one another.

Since needs are always individual, we constantly supplement or adapt our apprenticeships on offer and, if necessary, design them with individual apprentices.

 

 

 

 

 

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Executive management comment

We continue to invest in the education of diverse young people and apprentices play an important part of the future of IKEA Switzerland.

Building on our culture, values and the spirit of nurture and develop talent, we want everyone to reach their full potential. Whether you want to discover the world of retail, logistics, gastronomy or design, we offer apprenticeships in those 4 areas of specialization throughout Switzerland and look forward to accompanying many more young talents doing their first steps in a working environment.


Jessica Anderen
Country Retail Manager IKEA Switzerland
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Career and jobs

Application tips

Our recruiting is based on IKEA values. This means that we are not necessarily searching for the best CVs or certificates, but we are looking for people who fit in with IKEA. In addition to your CV, the following documents are therefore important to us:

  • Letter of motivation: To give us an idea of who you are and what is important to you, it is very important for us that you tell us in your letter of motivation why you would like to do an apprenticeship at IKEA, why the apprenticeship job excites you so much and what you feel are your defining qualities.
  • References: Although this is not the most important factor for hiring, we need to get an overview of whether the requirements for the apprenticeship match your previous knowledge.
  • Trial apprenticeship reports, work samples, etc.: Would you like to show us what you are good at or what experience you have already gained? Share with us anything you feel is interesting.

You can find more information at: www.ikea.ch/berufsbildung

 

Our great workplace

IKEA wants to offer as many apprentices as possible the opportunity to stay with the company after their apprenticeship. Every year we look forward to the many apprentices who successfully start their professional career with us!

But maybe you would rather discover the world after your apprenticeship? Then discover the world with IKEA! In an international company there are an incredible number of opportunities, and we are happy to help you start your adventure with IKEA.

Our vacant apprenticeship positions are advertised online in mid-August each year.

Apply directly via our website: www.ikea.ch/jobs

 

 

 

Contact
Jennifer Hasler
Vocational Education Leader

E-Mail: berufsbildung.schweiz@ikea.com
+41 44 244 31 10
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