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Viticulture Apprentice VINEYARD FARMS LIMITED

The successful candidates will be involved in all aspects of working on a vineyard. From planting vines, pruning, and trellising to harvesting. You will work as part of a team ensuring to ensure pest and diseases are kept to a minimum. In the role you will learn to work with all the weather conditions.

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Closing date: 30 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £365.40

  • Working week

    09:00-16:00, days to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    10 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001820128

  • Positions

    5 available

Key responsibilities

To carry out all key tasks on the vineyards throughout the season. This includes pruning, cleaning and weeding and making sure the canopy systems are as strong as possible. This will lead to the highest quality and volume yields.

You will be responsible for all handwork in the vineyard, including but limited to:

  • Pruning
  • Tying down
  • Weeding
  • Harvest in the later summer/autumn

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills (written and verbal) in English
  • Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks within identified time frames
  • Ability to handle practical outdoor , manual work of all types
  • Quick learner and efficient high sense of urgency

Personal qualities

  • Organized, dependable and practically oriented team player
  • Able to work well under pressure

Desired qualifications

  • N/A

Future prospects

MDCV are establishing the largest single vineyard site, based in Kent, and plan to be in full production from 2024. 

As a business, we strive for innovation and use many cutting-edge techniques in our vineyards and winemaking. The ambition and scale of what we do allows us some of the most efficient operations in the world, while still producing high quality wine of award-winning standard. 

We have a passion for sustainability and manage all our vineyards organically. We employ pioneering techniques to minimise our impact on the environment, such as composting organic waste, harvesting rainwater and heating our sites using natural sources, such as ground source heat pumps. 

While learning from our history and building for our future, we plan to revolutionise the English wine industry for the better. 

MDCV will provide a great opportunity to start a career in the rapidly growing UK Viticulture/Wine Business.

Things to consider

  • You will need your own transport or a reliable way to work due to the remote location.

About the employer

MDCV UK has a vision to bring the finest English and Provençal wines to the UK market. We have a long history of producing award-winning Provence Rosé and English Sparkling Wines, with an extensive infrastructure, both in France and the UK.

Employer

VINEYARD FARMS LIMITED

Address

Court Lodge

Luddesdown Road

Gravesend

DA13 0XE

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Training

Training provider

PLUMPTON COLLEGE

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Plumpton College

Contact

Alice Hutchinson 01273 892127 alice.hutchinson@plumpton.ac.uk

The successful Candidate will study a 2 year Viticulture apprenticeship at the renowned Plumpton College. This will be an ideal opportunity for the new employee to build a career in the rapidly growing UK Vineyard/Wine Industry.

Level 2 Awards in:

  • Safe Use of Pesticides

On completion of the pesticides foundation unit above also choose one of the following units:

  • Boom sprayer, mounted, trailed or self-propelled equipment
  • Granular applicator equipment
  • Handheld applicator equipment

Level 3 award in Emergency First Aid at Work.

The Colleges facilities include a commercial winery, research winery, along with 10 hectare vineyard where students will receive most of their teaching.

For full details of the apprenticeship, please the link below:

https://www.plumpton.ac.uk/courses/crop-technician-viticulture-apprenticeship-level-3-445/

Apprenticeship standard

Crop technician

Level 3 (A level)


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