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Training is one of the HUG's three key missions, alongside research and care. They make it a point of honor to contribute to the emergence of new professionals, not only in the field of healthcare but across all of the various activities that the hospitals represent.
Geneva University Hospitals have an important contribution to make in the medical training process. As an academic institution, the HUG have established a partnership with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva (UNIGE). They have around 600 internal positions specifically for doctors who have obtained their Swiss federal diploma and who wish to specialise. Every year, some 150 new recruits begin their postgraduate training, supervised by professors from the University of Geneva and senior physicians at the HUG.
In parallel, every year Geneva University Hospitals train around 800 healthcare professionals. They work closely with the Haute Ecole de Santé (HEdS) to offer practical education to nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians and medical radiology technicians.
Since 2012, apprenticeships have also entered the world of healthcare. As such, the HUG offer two different training options: three-year healthcare and community health assistant training (ASSC) for a CFC (Swiss vocational qualification) and a two-year course to qualify as a healthcare and support provider (ASA) for a federal vocational training certificate.
But the HUG also turn up where we least expect them. From chefs to IT consultants, electricians, cleaning staff and even painters, our institutions offer apprenticeships in sectors that have nothing to do with healthcare, reflecting the diverse range of activities at the hospitals. In November 2015, a stall at the Cité des Métiers job fair in Palexpo enabled the public to find out more about the wide range of opportunities.
This incentive policy is already bearing fruit. The number of apprentices has been steadily increasing over recent years. In 2006, there were 58 across eight different professions. There are now 173 across 18 professions.
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