ECAP is a non-commercial and non-profit adult education institute in Switzerland. Headquartered in Zurich, there are nine regional branches throughout Switzerland. With its courses, the intercultural organisation enables the education of migrants and employees in general, including those with little formal education. With more than 50,000 participants per year, ECAP is the second largest adult education institute in Switzerland – and the number one school for German and integration courses.
In the 50 years of its existence, ECAP has enabled countless migrants and just as many employees to actively participate in life in Switzerland. Since July 2016, the almost 1,000 ECAP employees are subject to their own collective agreement, which is regarded as exemplary in adult education. Among other things, employees are generously supported in their professional development.
The right to education is a fundamental right of all citizens of a country. We strongly believe that diversity of people is an enrichment for a society. We express our solidarity with people from all cultures through our daily commitment.
Promoting equality has been one of our main concerns since ECAP was founded - long before it became a political issue in Switzerland. We have been involved in numerous equality projects for years. These are supported by the Federal Office for Gender Equality (EBG), the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SBFI) and the cantonal authorities, or take place in the context of European projects.
ECAP was founded in 1970 by the Italian trade union CGIL as an institute for adult education and vocational training. In 1984, the institute was transformed into a foundation and entered into cooperation with the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions (SGB) and subsequently with the Spanish trade union Comisiones Obreras and the Portuguese CGTP. Since September 2006 there has been a cooperation with the trade union Unia.
ECAP's activities are financed by finalized public contributions and by the fees of the participants.