Live from London


Since summer of 2016, commercial apprentices may apply for two international semesters. During six months, they strengthen their knowledge of foreign languages in English and French. Furthermore, at the end of their internship, they may pass higher language certificates directly in the foreign countries. Two girls are travelling to Geneva and London this year and report regularly on their experiences. 

Vanessa Lötscher

Even before I started my apprenticeship, I heard about the KV Plus. For me, this was a super exciting project right from the start. Languages have always fascinated me. There is no better way to learn a foreign language than to be abroad and learn the language on the spot. To experience this during my apprenticeship, is a great privilege. Despite the current difficult situation, the KV Plus is being carried out this year and I am looking forward to seizing this great opportunity with Schindler and spending a year improving my language skills. During this year I would like to get to know the cultures and also develop my independence. I am sure that I will gain many great experiences and memories that will stay with me forever.

Jil Helfenstein

Gaining work experience in French and English while still learning the language during your commercial apprenticeship is exactly what KV Plus makes possible. When I heard about it for the first time, I knew it was exactly my thing. Ever since I was little, I've been enthusiastic about learning and using new languages. The chance to do this during my apprenticeship is something I definitely won't miss. I am looking forward to an exciting and educational year in Geneva and London and hope to have many positive experiences that will help me in my professional future.

September - Vanessa reports from London

My first month in England 

Two months have already passed, since I arrived here in England. On the 1st of August 2021 my big adventure started. After my arrival, I met my host mother. She is a very friendly and warm-hearted person. Together we talk a lot about everything going on now, we watch British television shows and drink tea. Unfortunately, I had to quarantine after my arrival. For entertainment I brought many things from home. Although I have done a Corona test before I took my flight to UK, I was forced to do another three PCR-tests during my quarantine, to be able to go after five days. During my self-isolation I was able to join an online class from the School I signed in. It was an intense course for two weeks and after my quarantine I was able to take part in it physically. Compared to Switzerland the lessons at school are quite short. The classes were usually from 9:15 am to 3:45 pm. My school is the Wimbledon School of English.

Since the 16th of August, I have been working at Schindler LTD in Addlestone. Luckily, I can work in the office every day and meet all the people personally. Nowadays there are just around 10% of all the employees in the office. That means, instead of 100 people only about 8-12 employees per day. I support the finance department with various activities. My main tasks are to prepare various reports and invoices which are then required by the finance team.

Beside work, I go to school two afternoons per week as preparation for the Cambridge exam which I will do later this year. Even if we are not that many students at school, I made some friends there. As a group we explore the City of London and the surrounding areas on weekends. There are so many different places to discover, and the city is very diverse. Being surrounded by English speakers all the time, makes it much easier for me to communicate. Although I haven't lived in England for a long time, I have already seen a lot and got to know British culture. Personally, I think I am living in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I am so thankful to be able to experience this here!
I am looking forward to all the further adventures and narrating from them soon!

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