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Viticulture Apprenticeships Vineyard Farms Ltd

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: 31 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £356.40

  • Working week

    08:00 - 16:00, days TBC.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    11 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001820187

  • 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 and  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

Personal qualities

  • Organized, dependable and practically oriented team player
  • Quick learner and efficient high sense of urgency
  • Able to work well under pressure

Desired qualifications

  • None required 

Future prospects

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

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

  • 25 Days + Public Holidays - Annual Leave
  • Company Discounts

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. We will be the largest producer of wine in each of these regions by 2024, with a combined production of over 10 million bottles annually. 

Our French estates span over 1000 acres and are already established in many global markets, with sales of over 4 million bottles. In the UK, we 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, while also employing 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.  

 

Employer

Vineyard Farms Ltd

Address

Andrews Farm

Burnham Road

Chelmsford

CM3 6DS

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Training

Training provider

PLUMPTON COLLEGE

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Plumpton College

Contact

Alice Hutchinson 01273892127 alice.hutchinson@plumpton.ac.uk

The successful Candidate will study a 2year 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.

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/

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

Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment.

Apprenticeship standard

Crop technician

Level 3 (A level)


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