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Business Training or German course?

My husband lost his job, went on RAV and has worked on a few short projects since but its not enough to cover all the bills let alone live on. Weve been here nearly 8 years and the kids are integrated, speak the lingo, go to the local schools and its home now. He can speak German but not fluently as his last three jobs had English as the main language.
Ive heard that many companies have left Switzerland because of the high costs and taken their businesses to India or Singapore. I also know that there are is a lot of unemployment amongst us in Switzerland, just in my own circle of friends I know half a dozen friends whos husbands have lost their jobs in the last few years. Hes tried to get work back in England but had no luck. Hes looking into trading and business courses but not sure which would be the best to do or if he should concentrate on his German. Positive, helpful feedback would be very much appreciated.
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Re: Business Training or German course?

Wow, that's quite the situation, oamon14! I don't know if you are working or not but I can certainly understand not wanting to move. My husband and I have only been in Zurich for over a year, and already it feels like our permanent home! I do know that there is unemployment here but I wonder if your husband has an L permit or a B permit? It is my (limited) understanding that with a B permit, he may qualify for monies for unemployment. Is that what RAV is? Unemployment funds?
I can also understand the English barrier problem. I am sure there are jobs in India (as there always are due to the high population there) and Singapore (same reason) but I'm not sure a huge family move would really benefit both you, him, and the children.
I'm not sure what jobs he has had in the past or if this is still a problem for him, but I would generally say that looking into the trades is beneficial as this kind of work is translatable across countries, cultures, and languages. Hmmmmm.....just thinking out loud, not sure if any of this helps?!
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Thanks for your reply and thoughts! You're right the RAV is the Swiss Unemployment fund and he has claimed his proportion. We also have a C permit which is what you get after 5 years, so this bit isn't a problem. Really don't want the upheaval of moving to another country but would consider it if there was a job. Its more the kids I'm concerned about, they're practically Swiss and would find it difficult to move. Then again its also difficult living in Switzerland without a job.
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Re: Business Training or German course?

Indeed a tough call. At some point the cost of living in CH becomes an issue.
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Re: Business Training or German course?

Without knowing your husbands background it is difficult to say, but if your intention is staying here then German would be the way to go. What line of work is he in?
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Re: Business Training or German course?

In my opinion both of them at the same time but German is the priority.

A company cann't understand you are living here for 8 years and your german is bad. So I think it is better to solve this issue first.
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Is his German good enough to take trading or business courses?
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