Boost programme “Your opportunity to remain competent”

The #lifelonglearning Boost programme “Your opportunity to remain competent” supports the acquisition of digital skills of Swiss employees with conditional co-financing.

With this programme, we want to make a contribution to Swiss employees and employers so that they can seize opportunities in this currently special situation. The programme covers up to 50% or a maximum of CHF 1,000 of the costs of digital training and lifelong learning per applicant. All supporters of the #LifelongLearning Pledge and all Swiss SMEs are eligible to participate. The programme is supported by digitalswitzerland, the Gebert Rüf Foundation and the Hirschmann Foundation. This means that training costs can be borne by a total of around 90 applicants and distributed to them in an uncomplicated manner, subject to a few simple conditions. You will find a comprehensive range of continuing education courses at

We are not currently accepting candidates.

Applications were submitted during the year 2020. We are not currently accepting candidates. Keep an eye on the site as we will be reopening the Boost programme in the spring 2021.

Conditions for participation

Conditions for participation

The type of co-financing requested is described by the applicant in the online form. The co-financing amounts to a maximum of 50% of the lifelong learning costs or up to CHF 1,000 per applicant. Payment will be made after the conditions listed below have been met.

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of the costs

Once the application has been examined and approved, the applicant is guaranteed co-financing of the training costs if the following conditions are met:

  • Digital skills are acquired during the training. A comprehensive range of further training courses is available at
  •  The employer contributes to the success of the further training (e.g. cost sharing, further training on working hours, etc.). Exceptions are possible in well-founded cases (e.g. SMEs with limited financial resources, companies that are strongly affected by the current situation, etc.).
  •  Once the application has been approved, the applicant must register for the planned course by 31 December 2020 at the latest.
  •  The training course may not last longer than 6 months.
  • The employee can provide proof of completion of the further training (e.g. with a certificate from the course provider).
  •  The employee or employer must present an invoice/receipt for the training costs.
  • The employee and employer are available for interviews, surveys, etc. if required, so that a final report on the programme can be prepared.

The payment of the co-financing will be made in two stages: The first payment is made upon course registration and the second upon proof of completion of the course. Both payments each correspond to 50% of the guaranteed co-financing.

In justified cases (e.g. SMEs need liquidity for course costs immediately), payments of a maximum of 80% of the co-financing are possible upon course registration. In this way we want to take into account the current special situation of the Swiss economy.

Application process

In order to participate in the programme, applicants (employers or employees and learners) submitted a short application during the year 2020. We are not currently accepting candidates. Keep an eye on the site as we will be reopening the Boost programme in the spring 2021. 

This will be screened and processed by a panel. Representatives of the programme sponsors (digitalswitzerland, Gebert Rüf Foundation and Hirschmann Foundation). sit on the committee. The task of the committee is to direct the limited resources to where the greatest added value is created by the programme.

Applications will be screened on an ongoing basis in order to provide applicants with feedback as soon as possible. The application is submitted via an online form, in which basic information on the applicant and the training project must be provided. A comprehensive range of further training courses can be found at

All information will be kept confidential and will only be used for the implementation of this programme.

Supporting organisations

The programme is supported by digitalswitzerland, the Gebert Rüf Foundation and the Hirschmann Foundation.

digitalswitzerland is a nationwide initiative with the aim of strengthening Switzerland’s position as a leading digital innovation hub. By involving the government, business, science and the public, digitalswitzerland creates a platform to promote Switzerland.

More about digitalswitzerland

The Gebert Rüf Foundation was founded by the entrepreneur Heinrich Gebert as a science and innovation foundation. Its aim is to “strengthen Switzerland as an economic and living space”. In the thematic area of “Education & Entrepreneurship” it supports new forms of education and teaching in the digital age. The school and working world of the future will require new skills and forms of teaching. Model pilot projects can point the way to this future.

More about the Gebert Rüf Stiftung

The Hirschmann Foundation is a non-profit Swiss foundation. It was founded in 1985 by entrepreneur and aviation pioneer Carl W. Hirschmann. The foundation promotes professional training and further education, research and science, development cooperation and social goals.

More about the Hirschmann Stiftung


You are welcome to contact the project team using the form below. This contact form is for general inquiries only. Please submit your request for co-financing using the form provided.