Next Step supports young adults on their career path. During the one-year training programme, aspiring Jewish business and community leaders develop their potential, acquire skills and prepare for the SVF-ASFC certificate.

Next Step is an international German-language training programme for up-and-coming Jewish business and community leaders. Young Jewish professionals and future leaders aged between 25 and 35 are given the opportunity to develop their professional potential and to acquire management and leadership skills. The programme is internationally oriented and its participants come from several countries, which fosters cross-border Jewish exchange and strengthens the social and professional networks of Jews in the German-speaking countries of Europe.

International programme

Next Step has been on offer since 2015. The programme is jointly owned and conducted by the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities SIG, the Central Council of Jews in Germany and the Jewish Community of Vienna. Each year, 30 Jewish applicants overall from these three countries are selected for the programme. Participants attend several multi-day seminars in their home country and in a European city abroad.

Acquiring skills and the SVF-ASFC Leadership certificate

The aim of the training programme is to convey skills from which aspiring young professionals can benefit on their career path. The hope is that they will put the knowledge and experienced gained to good use at a later stage in their own Jewish communities, be it in representational or professional positions on boards or committees or as managers. The programme covers a broad range of skills and know-how, conveyed under the guidance of experienced and internationally recognised experts.

  • Communication
  • Presentation
  • Self-management
  • Conflict management
  • Team leadership
  • Jewish leadership

The programme in its current form is geared to the Leadership certificate of the Swiss Association for Leadership Training (SVF-ASFC). The content prepares participants for the certificate examination in the modules of conflict management, self-management and team or group leadership.

Programme for 2022 with First Step pilot project

In 2022 Next Step will, for the first time, be supplemented by First Step, a pilot project. First Step represents a preliminary stage in which participants are introduced to the components of the Next Step programme. It is aimed at students between 18 and 25 and other young adults of the same age range who are still undergoing education. First Step is carried out in collaboration with the University of Basel, from which graduates of this course receive three applicable ECTS credits. Graduates of First Step 2022 are admitted to the Next Step course in 2023 without needing to fulfil any further conditions.

The First Step course will take place in Basel from 28 August to 1 September 2022. Jewish community members can participate free of charge.

Information and application

For more details and the application requirements, please contact Jonathan Schoppig, project manager of the Next Step and First Step programmes.

jonathan.schoppig@swissjews.ch, +41 43 305 07 65

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