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3'000-hour

The 2-day bench test consist of various elements designed to allow us to become familiar with prospective candidates ant their aptitude for mechanical tasks and related disciplines. 

It is also an opportunity for candidates to appreciate exactly what the program entails and decide whether it is right for them.

The emphasis is on identiying strengths and potential and not on passing or failing. English, basic mathematics (equations and rudimentary algebraic operations) and logics are also tested.

No watchmaking knowledge or previous watchmaking experience is required.

The price of CHF 34'600.- tuition fee includes without accommodation:

  • Tuition, administrative support and expenses
  • Toolkit and theory books of horology
  • Special courses on specific products, visits of factories
  • Resources (infrastructure, tools, machines, movements, spare parts)

An additional CHF 9'240.- is required as a prepaid financial guarantee by the State of Neuchâtel to ensure domestic needs are covered.

The registration deadline to the 3'000-hour program is March 31st of the year preceding the begenning of the program.

Example: The program begins in August 2021, the registration deadline will be on March 31st 2020.

 

The bench test takes place during the last two weeks of July.

  • To be over 21 years old
  • Have a previous work experience outside the watchmaking field
  • The course is taught in English, which students must be able to write and speak fluently.
  • No watchmaking experience is required

Condition of admission:

The candidates must undergo a 2-day test at WOSTEP to ascertain their manual dexterity.

Please, be aware that this course is very intensive and requires a strong motivation.

1'800-hour

The WOSTEP Foundation does not offer the 1’800-hour program in Neuchâtel, only the 3’000-hour program.

It is currently run by the British School of Watchmaking in Manchester, United Kingdom, and by the Swatch Group in some of their Nicholas G. Hayek Watchmaking Schools.

You can find information on these programs by contacting them respectively on their websites.  Their contact details can be found on the WOSTEP website under Worldwide Partnership.

Differences between the 1’800-hour and 3’000-hour programs:

In summary, the 1’800-hour course prepares the graduate to carry out servicing of modern mechanical and quartz watches using spare part replacement to return the watch to factory specifications.

Although there is approximately seven weeks of micro-mechanics, it is not as in-depth as the 3’000-hour program.

The 1’800-hour course uses these first seven weeks to develop basic manual dexterity through exercises in shaping wood and brass materials.

The 3’000-hour course places a lot of emphasis on making tools and watch components from carbon steel.  This involves a deeper understanding of materials and heat treatment processes to give the tools and components the required properties necessary to function.

The 3’000-hour course gives more in-depth training on repair and adjustment in general than the 1’800-hour course (for example; balance staff replacement, escapement adjustment, hairspring adjustment, dynamic poising procedures, etc).

However, it is important that you compare the 1’800-hour program between the British School of Watchmaking and the Swatch Group, as there are differences between their respective programs. They do not have an identical curriculum.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, both programs prepare graduates for employment in the field of watchmaking.

A 3’000-hour course will potentially give more possibilities on graduation due to the more in-depth content, but many companies today prefer to give training in-house, so the 1’800-hour course is considered to be a good base for the company to develop graduates on.

Life in Switzerland

WOSTEP offers participants to courses of 2 weeks and more, the possibility to stay in a students apartment (subject to availability) located close to the school.

Hotels in Neuchâtel city and surrounding area:

HotelPhoneE-mailWebsite
In or near the centre of the city   
Hôtel des Arts - Neuchâtel+41 32 727 6161info@hoteldesarts.chwww.hotel-des-arts.ch
Hôtel L'Ecluse - Neuchâtel+41 32 729 9310info@hoteldelecluse.chwww.hoteldelecluse.ch
Auberg'Inn - Neuchâtel+41 32 721 4420info@auberginn.chwww.auberginn.ch
Hôtel L'Aubier - Neuchâtel+41 32 710 1858lecafe@aubier.chwww.aubier.ch
Hôtel Alpes & Lac - Neuchâtel+41 32 723 1919info@alpesetlac.chwww.alpesetlac.ch
Hôtel Beaulac - Neuchâtel+41 32 723 1919hotel@beaulac.chwww.beaulac.ch
    
Near the city - with bus stop nearby   
Hôtel du Cheval Blanc - St-Blaise +41 32 753 3007 lechevalblanc@bluewin.ch www.hotel-cheval-blanc.ch
Hôtel Les Vieux Toits - Hauterive  +41 32 753 4242 hotel@vieux-toits.ch www.vieux-toits.ch

 You will find more hotels on: www.neuchateltourisme.ch

   

 

Entry requirement for Switzerland

Please, contact the Swiss Embassy in your country or have a look on the Swiss Confederation internet site: State Secretariat for Migration