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Learning a trade in Switzerland

Does anyone know whether there are any training providers in Basel where someone could learn a trade such as carpentry, Cabinet making, building, electrical etc in English ? A long shot , as I believe most people learn here as an apprentice.

If not, would anyone who has taught the trade in the past be interested in teaching again
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Try AGSBS as found in this page.

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Continuing education opportunities for adults and students at the following levels: Higher Schools of Technology: Corporate management, building construction, mechanical engineering, metal, electronics / automation.


Preparation courses for professional examinations and higher professional examinations for automotive diagnostician, catering chef / cook, metal builder, and public courses in languages, computer science, sports, vocational courses etc.
I searched under Zimmerei ( Carpentry ) - they required a trade indenture of 3-4 years, like this.
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Thanks for this. I had looked here previously, but from what I can read I think they are for school leavers speaking fluent swiss german.
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Thanks for this. I had looked here previously, but from what I can read I think they are for school leavers speaking fluent swiss german.
Well if you want to learn a trade in English, you maybe in the wrong country....
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Re: Learning a trade in Switzerland

hmm couldn't one say the same about most of the queries on the EF?
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hmm couldn't one say the same about most of the queries on the EF?
I know what you mean, but no. While there are academic institutions that carry education in Engl, the international schools and unies, etc. to actually find a trade school in Engl would be difficult, me thinks. I only know of watchmaking and precision machining school in Neuch, and for that if I remember well you already need specific prior schooling. All the trade apprentisage that is geared for local students are carried in the local language. You might be lucky and find a supervisor within the local system that might speak English, but to go through the enrollment process you need some local language. It also depends how old you are. Say you are 17, you need an apprentisage, you might have a shot in the local ecole de transition (with supplementary lessons of the local lingo, help with stages). The only trade I know of that offers some trade, would be hotelierie, restauration biz, travel industry etc. (world class private schools here in CH, in Engl, plus EHL in Lausanne, etc). I am not sure if that is considered a trade.
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Re: Learning a trade in Switzerland

I had been a part time teacher at vocational training schools for mechanics for many years. Although many schools run "bilingual" classes German is still essential. All the text books, apart from TEN (technical English), are German books.
In order to attend a state run "Berufsschule" you have to find an employer who offers you a contract for a 3 or 4-year apprenticeship.
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Re: Learning a trade in Switzerland

Thanks guys, this helps a lot.
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Re: Learning a trade in Switzerland

You might find this interesting:

Internationale Tunon

Vocational School
rue Adrien-Vallin 2
1201 Geneve
tel. 022 732 83 20

Google them, there is more info online.
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