Training

Train with GoldenPass: building your career, together!

 

As a responsible economic stakeholder, we see it as our duty to prepare the next generation for the future. This is why GoldenPass offers apprenticeships and training in no fewer than six professions. We offer recognised training to enhance your career prospects in a range of fields, from technical services to sales.


Find out more about the training we offer for:

  • Precision mechanics  
  • Industrial equipment builders  
  • Automation technicians 1  
  • Automation technicians 2  
  • Logisticians  
  • Sales staff (recruited and supervised by LOG.IN)
  • General computer scientists

 

Precision mechanic


Apprentice precision mechanics specialise in manufacturing parts. They learn how to manufacture, repair and design parts for our trains as individual units or small series. Precision mechanics may also be required to assemble complete sets of rail components or machine tools. Apprentice precision mechanics specialising in manufacturing parts are also responsible for maintaining the machine tools that they use.

Training takes place at the technical workshops in Chernex.


Academic requirements:

  • Voie secondaire générale (academic stream preparing students for either an apprenticeship or further academic study), if possible.
  • Good reasoning and mathematical skills are essential.


Qualities sought:

Technical creativity, good spatial awareness, precision, flexibility, ability to work as part of a team and good manual skills.


Apprenticeship programme: 4 years


  • 2 years of basic training.
  • 2 levels of vocational classes at the École Professionnelle (EPSIC) in Lausanne.
  • Basic level 'G': 2 days of vocational classes per week during the first year, reducing to 1 day per week after that.
  • Advanced level 'E': 2 days of vocational classes per week during the first two years, reducing to 1 day per week after that.
  • For the advanced level, apprentices can obtain a maturité professionnelle (a qualification that enables them to enter an haute école spécialisée corresponding to their field of study, equivalent to British A-level), by taking a 2nd day of classes during the final 2 years.
  • 1 mid-term examination taken at the École des Métiers in Lausanne.
  • 2 years of specific in-house training with work placements in CNC and metalwork.
  • 1 practical examination taken in the workshop, 1 theory examination testing general and professional knowledge.
  • Apprentices' final grades are based on the results of the 3 examinations and marks achieved in class.



Industrial equipment builder specialising in construction


Apprentice industrial equipment builders specialise in construction
. They learn how to make parts and metal structures for machines. They also learn how to assemble, maintain and repair machines.


Training takes place at the technical workshops in Chernex.

 

Academic requirements:


Voie secondaire à option
(academic stream preparing students for an apprenticeship) or voie secondaire générale (academic stream preparing students for either an apprenticeship or further academic study).
Good grasp of mathematics and geometry.

 

Qualities sought:


Technical creativity, flexibility and the ability to work as part of a team. Able to read plans and developments, good logic and spatial awareness, practical mindset and strong manual skills.

 

Apprenticeship programme: 4 years

  • 2 years of basic training.
  • 1 ½ days of vocational classes per week during the 1st year, reducing to 1 day per week after that. Classes generally held at the École Professionnelle (EPSIC) in Lausanne.
  • 1 mid-term examination.
  • 2 years of specific in-house training. Work placement in mechanical engineering. Possibility of doing work placements with different companies.
  • 1 practical examination taken in the workshop, 1 theory examination testing general and professional knowledge.
  • Apprentices' final grades are based on the results of the 3 examinations and marks achieved in class.

 

Automation technician specialising in construction and automation systems (Automation technician 1)


Apprentice automation technicians specialise in construction and automation systems
. They learn how to manufacture, inspect and install electric control panels and wiring for the electrical systems used in our vehicles. They also learn how to carry out maintenance and repairs on the different electrical equipment used in our workshops.


Training takes place at the technical workshops in Chernex.


Academic requirements:
 

  • Voie secondaire générale (academic stream preparing students for either an apprenticeship or further academic study).
  • Good reasoning and mathematical skills, as well as a strong sense of logic, are essential.

 

Qualities sought:

Technical creativity, ability to work with electricity, electronics and IT equipment, flexibility and ability to work as part of a team.


Apprenticeship programme: 4 years

  • 2 years of basic training.
  • 2 days of vocational classes per week for 2 years, reducing to 1 day per week after that. Classes held at the Centre Professionnel du Nord Vaudois (CPNV) in Yverdon.
  • Apprentices can obtain a maturité professionnelle (a qualification that enables them to enter an haute école spécialisée corresponding to their field of study, equivalent to British A-level), by taking a 2nd day of classes during the final 2 years.
  • 1 mid-term examination taken at the CPNV in Yverdon.
  • 2 years of specific in-house training with work placements in electronics and metalwork.
  • 1 practical examination taken in the workshop, 1 theory examination testing general and professional knowledge.
  • Apprentices' final grades are based on the results of the 3 examinations and marks achieved in class.



Automation technician specialising in electrical machinery construction (Automation technician 2)


Apprentice automation technicians specialise in constructing electrical machinery
. They learn how to repair and maintain electric motors, transformers and all components containing coils used in our vehicles. They also learn how to calculate and manufacture various gauges used in making coils, as well as how to install and test motors and parts containing coils.

Training takes place at the technical workshops in Chernex.


Academic requirements:

Voie secondaire générale (academic stream preparing students for either an apprenticeship or further academic study).

Good reasoning and mathematical skills, as well as a strong sense of logic, are essential.

 

Qualities sought:

Technical creativity, ability to work with electricity, electronics and IT equipment, flexibility and ability to work as part of a team.

 

Apprenticeship programme: 4 years

  • 2 years of basic training.
  • 2 days of vocational classes per week for 2 years, reducing to 1 day per week after that. Classes held at the Centre Professionnel du Nord Vaudois (CPNV) in Yverdon.
  • Apprentices can obtain a maturité professionnelle (a qualification that enables them to enter an haute école spécialisée corresponding to their field of study, equivalent to British A-level), by taking a 2nd day of classes during the final 2 years.
  • 1 mid-term examination taken at the CPNV in Yverdon.
  • 2 years of specific in-house training with work placements in metalwork and electronics.
  • 1 practical examination taken in the workshop, 1 theory examination testing general and professional knowledge.
  • Apprentices' final grades are based on the results of the 3 examinations and marks achieved in class.

 

Logistician specialising in storage


Apprentice logisticians specialising in storage
learn how to take receipt of, dispatch and store goods, as well as restocking different departments within the company. They are trained how to carry out all of the administrative procedures relating to goods and items passing through the warehouse.


Apprentice logisticians specialising in storage are also responsible for loading and unloading items using lifting equipment, observing and applying safety regulations and ensuring that premises remain clean and tidy so that stock management can operate smoothly.


Training takes place at the technical workshops in Chernex.

 

Academic requirements:

Good level of achievement in voie secondaire à option (academic stream preparing students for an apprenticeship).


Qualities sought:

Plenty of motivation, flexibility, ability to work as part of a team and good manual skills.

 

Apprenticeship programme: 3 years

  • 3 years of training, including 1 day of vocational classes per week.
  • 1-week block of classes per year held at the vocational college from the 2nd semester.
  • 12-day work placement in Marly during the 1st year to obtain a fork-lift truck licence.
  • 4 days of work placements held in Marly covering loading and dispatching goods, etc.
  • Possibility of doing work placements with different companies (Bobst, Miauton, etc.) in the 3rd year.



General computer scientist


Apprentice computer scientists
learn how to install and manage IT infrastructure and equipment. They also learn about user support procedures and how to develop software.

General computer scientists have very versatile skills and can specialise in one or more specific fields in accordance with their interests.

Training takes place at the GoldenPass Center in Montreux.

 

Academic requirements: 

  • Voie secondaire générale (academic stream preparing students for either an apprenticeship or further academic study)/voie secondaire de baccalauréat (academic stream for students who expect to continue on to higher education).
  • Apprentices must have a strong technical background (mathematics/physics) and a good grasp of English.
  • Proficiency in German is considered an asset in our company, but is not directly linked to the job itself.

 

Qualities sought:

Plenty of motivation, good sense of logic, flexibility and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

 

Apprenticeship programme:

  • 4 years of training.
  • 2 days of classes per week, with or without the option to obtain a maturité (a qualification that enables students to enter an haute école spécialisée corresponding to their field of study, equivalent to British A-level).
  • In-house training with different companies varying between 30 and 64 days per year.
  • Training structured in modules.
  • Examinations held every 6 months.
  • Apprentices' final grades are based on the average of their results in all examinations over the 4 years.