Ready for the future
Self-evaluation on the basic competencies
skillaware provides the opportunity to find out if and how your basic competencies meet the current and future needs of the financial industry. The skillaware self-evaluation is an anonymous online questionnaire conducted under the most secure conditions, the results of which will not be shared with your employer or any third party.
skillaware was launched in summer 2019 by the social partners of the financial sector (the SBEA, the Swiss Association of Commercial Employees and Employers in Banking) as a long-running campaign offering support in skills training: either in the form of orientation meetings with selected careers advisors, via podcasts or in collaboration with the learning platform evrlearn.ch.
skillaware is a joint campaign run by the associations and social partners Employers in Banking, the Swiss Bank Employees Association and the Association of Commercial Employees. The focus is on raising awareness and motivating all stakeholders in the banking industry to address their basic labour market readiness.
skillaware promotes employees’ awareness of their own competencies and supports them in their development and their professional training in times of technological, economic and demographic change. A self-evaluation on 16 defined basic competencies offers all employees a unique opportunity to reflect and analyse their own employability.
The three associations have developed 16 basic competencies together with experts. These are based on strategic organizational and personnel development within the Swiss banking industry. These competencies are to be understood as an industry-wide minimum standard and are intended to ensure labour market quality as a “basic level of fitness”. The basic competencies:
- are compatible with Swiss banks’ existing skill and performance models and talent development programmes
- apply equally to all bank employees across all specialist areas and hierarchical levels
- represent assessable knowledge, skill, and behavioural requirements for employees and managers
- can be learned and promoted
All bank employees can evaluate their basic competencies in an online questionnaire, completely anonymously and in compliance with the strictest data protection guidelines, and thus obtain an idea of where they stand. Detailed information on the self-evaluation and the link to the questionnaire platform are available at www.skillaware.ch in four languages. By participating in the self-evaluation, employees are made aware of the basic competencies of today’s labour market skills and where they stand from their own perspective.
All employees can assess their employability through self-evaluation and the corresponding assessment. Employees whose results show potential for improvement receive transparent feedback on where and how they can develop further. The banks are prepared to work with their employees to examine where there is a need to close any gaps and to initiate appropriate measures together. In addition, employees have the option of an orientation meeting with independent, professional careers advisors. List of orientation meeting providers
Employees who are interested in further training after the self-evaluation base their approach primarily on the internally defined processes. After completing the online questionnaire, employees can also discuss any questions and possible follow-up measures with a careers advisor or coach in an orientation meeting/consultation.
These orientation meetings can take place through a variety of channels:
- Association consulting
- for members of the Swiss Bank Employees Association
- telephone consultation by the SBEA
- Arrangement and scheduling of a free orientation meeting
- Consultation via the skillaware coordination and support office
- for non-association members
- Information on the website www.skillaware.ch
For members of the Swiss Bank Employees Association, the orientation meeting is financed by the association. Non-members can arrange a meeting based on special conditions at a price of CHF 150. The skillaware coordination and support office is available to provide advice.
First and foremost, it is the responsibility and decision of the banks to offer and finance further training measures (internal or external) for their employees. Details must be negotiated between employers and employees.
Bank employees who have been members of the Swiss Bank Employees Association for more than 2 years may apply to the Foundation for Continuing Education and Social Purposes for support.
The orientation meeting is conducted with professional career advisors and coaches and includes, in addition to a situation assessment, a reflection on the results from the self-evaluation. In addition, possible further steps are discussed.
The skillaware coordination and support office provides a list of appropriate points of contact for this purpose.
The 16 basic competencies divided into four dimensions
Personal and self-management skills
- Personal responsibility
- Ability to work under pressure
- Problem-solving skills
Entrepreneurial activity and action skills
- Decision-making ability
- Customer orientation
- Results orientation
- Work organization
Social and organizational networking skills
- Receiver-appropriate communication
- Ability to work in a team
Industry and digital methodological skills
- Technology implementation
- Data processing
- Digital communication
- Information and data protection
Career and training
Foundation for Further Education and Social Purposes
The Foundation for Further Education and Social Purposes supports and promotes the social and professional aspirations of its members.
Active members of the SBEA may submit a request in the following cases:
- You wish to complete vocational education and training.
- You are applying for a repayable grant.
- You wish to complete further training as a result of unemployment.
- You find yourself in an emergency situation through no fault of your own.
- You are unemployed and receive no benefits.
Information and application forms are available from:
The Foundation for Further Education and Social Purposes
c/o Anita Conway
ZfU International School
The ZfU sees itself as a holistic international business school with the goal of offering middle and senior management comprehensive, up-to-date “state-of-the art” continuing education. As a leading international Swiss business school, ZfU creates sustainable value for executives and their companies by imparting practical, applicable knowledge, thus creating personal and corporate value.
SBEA members benefit from the ZfU membership price and receive discounts:
- on seminars, training, courses, congresses, conferences and round tables, as well as break-out sessions.
- on further education advice
ZfU International Business School
Im Park 4
T 044 722 85 85
Programme and reservation
You can find the entire programme online and make the reservation directly.
The SBEA is a supporting member of the ZfU International Business School, and SBEA members therefore benefit from discounts. Contact us for written membership confirmation, which you can enclose with the booking.
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Boa Lingua Business Class
The “Business Class” section organizes language training abroad for business people. The offer includes intensive business courses, industry-specific courses and individual solutions such as mini-groups or one-to-one lessons. This efficient approach enables our customers to learn the content they really need in their day-to-day work.
Classes are held in small groups with a higher average age or as one-to-one teaching, and a business language course comprises 15 to 30 lessons per week. The courses are practice-based and include topics such as negotiation training, presentation techniques, conflict management and intercultural communication. Accommodation options are selected to suit your needs – the offer includes executive host families, residences and hotels. Courses can be started every Monday, coaching can be booked for one week and above, and confirmed reservations are always guaranteed to take place.
As an SBEA member, you can benefit from a special offer from Boa Lingua
You will receive a 5% discount on the entire range of courses. The offer cannot be combined with other discounts.
Continuing education on topics related to the world of work
Movendo is the educational institute of the trade unions and offers further education in the fields of politics, economics, labour and social security law, communication, life management, work tools and staff representation. The programme is published each November and is usually fully booked within 5 months.
We subsidize a maximum of one 2-day course per applicant per year and cover 50% of the course costs if the employer does not pay a share of the costs. Meals and accommodation are at the expense of the participants. We do not support courses from the subject area “work tools”.
Active members who have been members of the SBEA for at least 2 years can apply for a grant.
Interested members check the availability and prices of a course on the Movendo homepage. The price for “non-members” applies.
You create a login at www.movendo.ch and book online or by phone via 031 370 00 70. You will receive a booking confirmation, followed by an invitation with invoice from Movendo. The general booking and cancellation conditions of Movendo apply.
Reservation and questions about the courses
Application and questions about the SBEA grant
Coaching with Sandra Lutz
Life and Business Coach Sandra Lutz advises companies as well as private clients aiming to achieve a completely new level of quality of life, clarity and success in today’s dynamic world. In a time of constant change, it is important to establish and develop one’s own habits and skills, and to make life and organizations more open, stronger and more flexible. Sandra Lutz shows how we can overcome outdated thought patterns and uncover a whole new potential.
Discounted Coaching Package
Sandra Lutz offers a 20% discount on her 6-session Coaching Package (6 x 60 minutes) exclusively for SBEA members. Consultations can be conducted online or in person at Sandra Lutz’s office (Schipfe 11, 8001 Zurich).
How to benefit from this offer
Contact us by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)or call us on 0848 000 885 for a written membership confirmation if you are interested in the offer. You can use the membership confirmation as proof of your eligibility for a discount. Attach the membership confirmation with your request for a coaching package to Sandra Lutz (email@example.com).
For more information, visit www.sandralutz.ch.
About life and business coach Sandra Lutz
Sandra Lutz’s way of working is methodically effective, dynamic, humorous and open, and she takes for a pragmatic and goal-oriented approach to her work.
- Certified Life & Business Coach (DBCA, Berlin)
- Co-lecturer at the University of Basel, Master’s programme in Human Medicine, WPP “On dealing with errors in medicine”
- Internationally recognized Professional Coach by the ICF (International Coaching Federation)
- Mentor (Swiss Start up Academy)
- Speaker (EY, UPC Cablecom)
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