Education and training are essential pillars in ensuring the continued competitiveness of commodity trading, shipping and trade finance companies. STSA offers a range of programmes to suit students from a variety of backgrounds, including professional training programmes, academic education in conjunction with the University of Geneva and academic research.
These programmes uniquely cover all commodities and activities along the commodity value chain, serving the evolving needs of STSA members and making Switzerland a leading training hub and talent pool in commodity trading and an industry talent pool.
Acquire expertise directly from the industry's specialists
Training has become a priority for anyone aspiring to work in the commodity trading industry. Not only does the activity involve a growing number of actors, but the activities along the commodity value chain increasingly require specialised knowledge.
Learning on the job as was commonly the case up to the early 2000s has become very difficult. With Switzerland's growing role as a global trading hub, STSA has worked together with its members to develop a complete training and education offering.
Whether you are still at University, already work in the industry or wish to acquire expertise in the fields of international trade, commodity finance or shipping, our programmes will help you develop professionally.
All of our programmes are taught in English by some of the industry's leading experts.
We take pride in bringing the very best to our students. STSA takes great care into selecting the well-known and respected specialists to deliver our courses.
Thanks to their direct involvement with some of the leading commodity trading, shipping and trade finance companies, our speakers and teachers prepare our students for real life situations and help them acquire the skill set to succeed in this fast-paced environment.
Professional training & education
STSA – your gateway to a new exciting career
Finding new talents is one of the biggest challenges to keeping commodity trading companies and related services in Switzerland. Over the past 20 years on-the-job training was sufficient to fill the needs. But today, an increasing number of companies are competing for the same profiles, making it difficult to grow the business.
STSA has developed its suite of education and training programmes as a solution to these problems. At the same time, it creates an opportunity to generate many new high-level jobs and ensures that the local workforce keeps pace with the latest industry best practices, thereby maintaining Switzerland as a center of excellence.
In 2008 STSA (formerly GTSA) set up two academic programmes in partnership with the University of Geneva. The Master in international trading was created for Bachelor students, while professionals with a minimum of three years of experience could join an executive Diploma programme.
Besides an academic offering, STSA has developed professional training programmes specifically designed for young people looking to acquire practical skills. In particular, our STSA Operator's Certificate has attracted over 100 students since its creation, many of whom have gone on to establish successfully careers.
Build a great career
Traders are only one of the links in a long chain, many people with different profiles work around them. Without teamwork, nothing would be possible.
Moving cargo from a producing country to a consuming one requires the participation of several experts to minimise the operational and financial risks at each stage of the voyage of the goods.
Recently, these tasks have become more complex and specialised, making it very difficult to learn on the job, as was commonly the case up to the early 2000s.
The graphics below indicate key positions in a trading house, providing a view of what a wide range of career opportunities is on offer. Other professions exist and still more will emerge as the commodity trading industry constantly adapts to its evolving environment.
Why is training essential?
If you were given the choice between two different pilots
– one was trained, the other not – which one would you choose?
In an ever changing and fast paced corporate world, training and developments is and indispensable function.Training is one of the lowest things on the priority list of most companies.
When however training allows employees to acquire new skills, sharpen existing ones, perform better, increase productivity and be better leaders.
The benefits are multiple for the employer:
- Helps the employees to build confidence and feel more satisfaction
- Needs less supervision
- Reduces errors
- Increase productivity
but also for the employees:
- Refreshes and enhance knowledge
- Helps to secure the existing position
- Offers chances of promotion
- Increases individuals network in the industry.
It is fruitful for both employer and employees and can be done off the job to be less costly.