Last March and April came to Valencia two apprentices in “Food Technology Assistant”.
These young people learn at the Carl-Severing Berufskolleg (Vocational Training Center) in Bielefeld (Germany) and they have come through SBH International, Stiftung Bildung & Handwerk (Education & Craft Foundation) with a grant from the Erasmus + Programme.
They’ve been three weeks interning at the EPSA company, whose main business is the distribution and mixing of food additives and ingredients. Among other tasks, they performed the following:
- Quality control: Testing of raw material and ended product, performing physico-chemical analysis like pH, moisture, viscosity and gel strength and using equipments like HPLC, texturometer or BrookfieId viscosimeter.
- Research and development: Preparing samples and setting up the protocols in the pilot plant for food products like olives, pickles or bakery.
- Quality procedures: Attending the internal meetings related with quality certification (ISO 9001) and HAPPC (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) plan.
Besides working, they have also had the opportunity to know the city of Valencia and its surroundings, beaches and the celebration of the Holy Week, attending a procession through the city center.
Surely they will keep a good memory of the experience and we hope they will come back again to visit us.