National Future Day aims to give children in Switzerland an insight into the world of work. On November 9, 85 ten- to fourteen-year-olds flocked to Implenia's Connect headquarters, accompanied by relatives and friends who work for either Implenia or Wincasa in the Zurich area. A whole panorama of job profiles awaited them.
"We were a little overwhelmed by the number of registrations," explains Madeleine Schwab from the Training & Development team, who once again took the lead in organizing the event this year. "In the end, there were 85 children who got to know the Implenia working world in groups - and are now hopefully inspired to work for us one day."
Carpenter, joiner, bricklayer, IT or BIM specialist?
The program was varied: what is the difference between the work of a carpenter and a joiner and how does a joiner's knot work? What do bricklayers, groundworkers and road builders do and who is allowed to drive the heavy machinery where? How does a commercial or IT apprenticeship work at Implenia and who maintains systems or develops applications? How many layers does a building's exterior wall consist of and how does artificial intelligence calculate the price and CO2 emissions for each one within seconds? And how many images does a drone need to take in order to create a model of a building? Answers to all these questions were presented primarily by young apprentices or employees.
While some of the young guests already had clear career ideas - "I'm going to be a doctor", "a car mechanic", "a nurse" - some could well imagine starting an apprenticeship at Implenia or Wincasa in a few years' time. Or helping to build here after studying architecture. "We are delighted by the interest - an apprenticeship at Implenia is varied, exciting and a great start to a successful career," emphasizes Sigrid Fuchs. At the Zurich site, Implenia looks after the commercial apprentices and also presented the job profile on Future Day.
Breaking through gender roles
On the afternoon of Future Day, Implenia hosted two generally accessible events as part of National Future Day. Under the motto "Girls-build-less!", twelve schoolgirls from grades 5 to 7 tried their hand at building a wall and laying water pipes in the square in front of Implenia's headquarters - under the expert guidance of Implenia apprentices led by Adrian Geissmann. "It's great to see how much fun manual work can be," explains the vocational trainer. "At the end there's a wall and the water flows through pipes - you can see what you've achieved!"
At the same time, twelve boys aged between eleven and thirteen were able to explore a job profile that is traditionally heavily dominated by women as part of "A Day as an HR Specialist". Giandomenico Tanzillo, HR Operations Specialist at Implenia, also wants to convince young men of this field of work: "We are central to the organization of a company and in this work we have to deal with both people and systems - a mix that never gets boring!" (inquired...)
Wincasa takes part for the first time
Leading Swiss real estate manager Wincasa has been part of the Implenia Group since the beginning of 2023. For the first time, Wincasa colleagues and their children were invited to the Implenia Future Day. "It was great to see the variety of professions at Implenia," explained one participant. "We felt very welcome and are looking forward to working here at Implenia's headquarters next year."
At the end of the program, the young guests were asked to rate the day's activities. The feedback was clear 😊 - a big thank you to everyone involved, whose commitment and enthusiasm for the Implenia working world conveyed a consistently positive image of Implenia as an employer