About us

general information

What's Cadolino?

Cadolino is one of a total 7'000 practice enterprises worldwide. We sell different gift items for all age groups and  occasions.


How does a practice company work?

The concept of practice enterprises is used for education, retraining and reintegration for people in office jobs worldwide.


A practice enterprise replicates the commercial activities in all the departments of an import-export company. To commit to a work placement within an PE is to experience the current economic reality and to enhance one's professional skills in five different departments.


Our motto is "learning by doing" and we profit from our mistakes.


Who's behind Cadolino?

The training association aprentas is the founder and supervisor of Cadolino and Bal'oro,  another pracitce enterprise.

Aprentas  was founded by the two  pharmaceutical companys  Novartis and Syngenta.


What's the purpose of Cadolino?

The commercial apprentices from Novartis learn all the essential basics here in their first semester.


Each person works in three different departments through the semester, they stay in one department for two months. That way the trainees get to know the tasks as well as their own strengts and interessts. In addition there are a lot of special courses to teach the professional competences such as "customer focus".


Aside of the daily business the apprentices organise events, create their very own magazine and the company's newest catalog.


After the basic semester the apprentices are well prepared to start in their real companys and work in a department.



















Novartis AG was founded after Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz have merged.



Cibalino, the predecessor of Cadolino, was established in Basel. Cibalino got its name from former Ciba. Starting in 1998 Cibalino served as a practice enterprise for commercial apprentices that worked in the field of chemistry.



The name changed,  to Cadolino AG. The new name was determined by a competition.


The assortment was changed due to the opening of  the secons practice enterprise called Bal'oro. Since Bal'oro sells Jewellery, Cadolino therefore stopped selling Jewellery to prevent competing  with Bal'oro


Läckerlihuus became the new Partner of Cadolino AG.


Sweet Basel signed the Partnercharta and transfered its Instagram-Account to the employee team of Cadolino AG.


Team 2021 / 2022

In August every year there are approximately 15 new apprentices starting in Cadolino. This year those 10 apprentices are divided in Novartis Pharma AG and Thermo Fisher scientific AG.