The Swiss Hotel Association is launching a new partnership with two schools from abroad – the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Loerrach (DHBW) in Germany and Hotelschool The Hague in the Netherlands. This will allow businesses in Switzerland to employ adult students from both schools for a Swiss trainee’s wage.
At the end of 2017, the supervisory committee for the Collective Employment Agreement for the Hotel and Restaurant Industry (L-GAV) decided to allow students from two partner schools in Germany and the Netherlands to be hired in Switzerland for a trainee’s wage, an arrangement that has been made possible by a partnership agreement between the schools and hotelleriesuisse. By launching this new partnership, the association has taken further action to counter the shortage of skilled professionals and has responded to the industry’s needs. Both the DHBW Lörrach and Hotelschool The Hague offer practical training in the hotel industry.
The number of foreign trainees who will be employed by these two partner universities is limited to 60 students in 2018. It is the trainees’ responsibility to find a placement. The employer is required to inform the L-GAV monitoring body in Basel of the placement within a week of the trainee starting work. If the quota of 60 trainees has been reached, Swiss businesses may still recruit an unlimited number of students from these universities but they will have to be hired on the minimum wage for unskilled employees.