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looking for a chocolate training course for foreigners

Hi,
I am doing a PhD in Zurich. My wife is living with me here and has problems. I am looking for advices.
She is pretty much interested to become a professional chocolate maker. We know there are academies teaching this to people. But, the ones we have inquired said that its only for swiss students who carry a Swiss diploma. She has a Bachelor degree (validated) but they don't care!.
She has even studies german for a while to be able to attend german courses. Now , she is in B level. Does anybody have an idea?
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Re: looking for a chocolate training course for foreigners

My only suggestion would be to try looking into "apprentice" positions (low paying but lots of training) in the local chocolate shops. This will likely yield many "no" responses, as these situations are designed more with students in mind, but perhaps a yes may come along to someone who shows themselves willing and understanding.
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Re: looking for a chocolate training course for foreigners

Hi,
Thanks for your answer. If you mean going into the shops and ask whether they offer a job it doesn't work at all. They always answer you that you have to finish a 3 year training program at chocolate academies\schools. So, actually finding a position into one of this programs is the main wish of ours at the moment.
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Re: looking for a chocolate training course for foreigners

One of the local chocolate makers here offers an "ecole", school, for chocolate. Not sure if convenient for you, and would be in French I presume.

Here is website. http://www.chocolaterie-rapp.com/presentation.php
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Re: looking for a chocolate training course for foreigners

Hi,
Thanks a lot. French courses doesn't help unfortunately. If its in german or English its welcome.
Cheers,
Paya,
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Re: looking for a chocolate training course for foreigners

As far as I understand to be a chocolate maker you need to go through a 3 years CFC course which includes baking/pastry/candy. You can't skip the other disciplines and go right to chocolate.

Is it the 3 year diploma that your wife is having difficulty getting into? Or is it a specialized course? Perhaps they need her to take the CFC first before specializing in chocolate.
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Re: looking for a chocolate training course for foreigners

Hi,
Yes we also heard that they are together somehow. Still couldn't find an institute which accepts her for what you call CFC. Do you know any? What are the requirements to attend such a program.
I think the CFC course is what is supposed to be only taken by Swiss students who carry a diploma and not by foreigners. Is that true?
Thanks for your help.
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Re: looking for a chocolate training course for foreigners

There are chocolate-making courses and workshops in Paris, some of which are in English. I would opt for going there instead:

http://www.chocoparis.com/pastry-and...late-training/
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Re: looking for a chocolate training course for foreigners

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Yes we also heard that they are together somehow. Still couldn't find an institute which accepts her for what you call CFC. Do you know any? What are the requirements to attend such a program.
I think the CFC course is what is supposed to be only taken by Swiss students who carry a diploma and not by foreigners. Is that true?
Thanks for your help.
There are two types of apprenticeships, in German "Bäcker-Konditor-Confiseur". If you read German, have a look here: http://www.berufsberatung.ch/dyn/119...ch=b%C3%A4cker
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Re: looking for a chocolate training course for foreigners

I haven't looked into this one specifically. In general though CFCs are not limited to only Swiss students. Foreigners are accepted all the time for CFC programs. If it's a particularly popular course with limited places, I can certainly see there would be a preference for young Swiss kids just getting out of formal education. Honestly though, I don't know for sure.

Read through the link below and perhaps email some of the people listed.
http://www.bbt.admin.ch/bvz/grundbil...m=1139&lang=fr
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Re: looking for a chocolate training course for foreigners

Thanks a lot!
I feel like one of the links might solve the problem.
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