Taking their own ideas to the Federal Parliament
The big idea behind the Federation of Swiss Youth Parliaments’ (DSJ) “Change Switzerland!” project is to give young people a voice. Swiss Post and its young staff are involved too. The company’s ambassadors Noelia Montesano and Sidney Bourzeis share their experiences from the workshops, and give some insights into major themes for the future.
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Young people are the future of Swiss Post – and of Switzerland itself. As part of the DSJ’s “Change Switzerland!” project, they have a unique opportunity to share their own political ideas, opinions and their vision of the Switzerland of the future at a national level. “32 young Swiss Post employees from German-speaking Switzerland, French-speaking Switzerland and Ticino seized this opportunity and had their say in the workshops! It’s great to see their enthusiasm for politics,” says Stephanie Jutzi, Head of National Public Affairs with Swiss Post. Over 200 young people in all took part in the project.
8 workshops, 5 topics, 1 goal
The participants, aged between 14 and 25, took part in eight workshops, where they could give free rein to their suggestions, creativity and ideas. Of course, they weren’t left to go it alone: six experts from Swiss Post as well as external professionals from partner companies Swisscom, Raiffeisen, Baloise Insurance and Novartis, were on hand, and gave lively presentations on each of the topics. The workshops ran from 17 February until 17 March, and were held in three different languages. They addressed key issues that are set to shape the future of Swiss Post and Switzerland as a whole: health, technology and digitization, environment and sustainability, diversity and the working environment of the future.
What do Swiss Post ambassadors Noelia and Sidney think about their employer being part of this project? What are their thoughts on the five major themes for the future? What did they discuss at these workshops? And where does Swiss Post still have work to do? Find out what they had to say.
Joining the national political debate
Five concrete ideas came out of each group and workshop, and the workshop groups recorded them on the website themselves. The six youngest members of the Council of States have been examining these ideas since 21 March, and will select the best ideas over the next few days. Working together with the young adults involved, they will convert these ideas into proposals and take them forward into national politics. It’s a great opportunity for Swiss Post’s apprentices and younger staff!