Una experiencia muy dulce

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Pasteles de crema, hojaldres, confituras y chocolate, mucho chocolate. Trabajar en el obrador de una pastelería no sólo es el sueño de muchos niños, también es el de Adine. Adine llegó de Rahden, cerca de Bielefeld en Alemania vía SBH PADERBORN, para realizar unas prácticas en la Pastelería Galán en el pueblo de Albal, cerca de Valencia (España). La Pastelería Galán es un pequeño negocio familiar donde cada trabajador cuenta como uno más de la familia.

La especialidad de Adine son los chocolates. Destaca de su estancia la variedad de chocolates con los que ha podido trabajar y todos los elementos decorativos que ha aprendido a lo largo de las tres semanas de prácticas, “trabajé mucho con técnicas de inyección [manga pastelera]: rosetones de nata de todas las formas posibles. También combinaciones de chocolate, que son realmente interesantes”.

José Vicente Galán, responsable de la pastelería, señala que “la experiencia ha sido muy positiva. Estamos encantado de haber trabajado con Adine porque ella ha aprendido cosas pero nosotros también hemos aprendido de dulces que nos ha traído de Alemania”.

Otra faceta con la que se queda Adine de sus prácticas en la pastelería Galán es la responsabilidad de su trabajo en el obrador: “Ha sido interesante poder practicar estas técnicas, es decir, todo lo que yo hacía se ponía a la venta. Ha sido muy bonito poder tener esa libertad de practicarlo yo misma”.

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Internships in Valencia: Automotive bodymaker

Dennis, an apprentice in “Automotive Bodymaker” has been doing an internship in Valencia with a grant from the Erasmus + programme.

He comes from Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany) and has been sent by the HWK Koblenz (Chamber of Crafts in Koblenz). Dennis works in the company Klagie Fahrzeugbau, where he carries out his dual vocational training. They produce all kind of trailers, and his boss wanted for him an internship that meant a continuity in his learning, therefore in Valencia he has been working in “Remolques Tudela”, a company in the same sector.

His colleagues in the firm have valued the responsibility of Dennis, to the point of inviting him to have lunch with them several times. He has also experienced a home-made-cooked paella, and the “bous al carrer” (bulls in the street), typical festivity in many villages of the Valencia Region.

Good luck in the final stage of your training!

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Internships in Valencia: September-October

At the end of September three German apprentices have come to Valencia: a “Wholesale and Foreign Trade” apprentice and two apprentices in “Food Technology Assistant”.

These young people have come through SBH International, Stiftung Bildung & Handwerk (Education & Craft Foundation) with a grant from Erasmus + programme.

Isabelle comes from Siegen and works (dual system) in Demco Baumaschinen Consulting GmbH, while Clemens and Sebastian learn at the Carl-Severing Berufskolleg (Vocational Training Center) in Bielefeld.

They have been four and three weeks respectively interning at the following companies: SGS TECNOS Valencia, a multinational and multibusiness firm; the local laboratory of Valencia; and Productos Velarte, that produces bread sticks.

Besides working, they have also had the opportunity to know the city of Valencia and its surroundings, beaches l’Oceanográfic (Aquarium), enjoy the paella…

They have met a lot of people, from Spain and abroad, and surely this experience will help them to improve their apprenticeship.

Working in the laboratory

Working in the laboratory

Visiting the Colón Market

Visiting the Colón Market

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Internships in Valencia: Home economics

Lisa Vormschlag, home economics apprentice, has been doing an internship for two weeks organized by MTP.

The trainee comes from BBS Westerburg and also works in Christliches Gästecentrum Rehe (Germany), as she is doing a vocational training in the dual system.

In Valencia she has been working in the Colegio Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of El Pilar School), particularly in the school kitchen and dining room.

Some of the tasks carried out were:

  • Assistance as a kitchen helper: Cutting food, preparing raw materials, cleaning utensils, helping the cooks.
  • Assistance in food service: Helping in the food service to students.

Her experience has been very positive, and she has loved the city, up to the point of coming back the next summer, this time for holidays.

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Kitchen

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Dining room

Internships in Valencia: Food Technology Assistants

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.

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