Viticulture Apprentice (Althorne, Essex). VINEYARD FARMS LIMITED
MDCV has a vision to bring the finest English and Provençal wines to the UK. We have history of producing award-winning Provence Rosé and English Sparkling Wines, with extensive infrastructure in the UK. We offer an opportunity for new employees to join this fast growing UK industry combined with an apprenticeship at the renowned Plumpton College.
Closing date: 30 Oct 2022
Total hours per week: 40.0
Possible start date
01 Nov 2022
15 Jul 2022
Level 3 (A level)
What will the apprentice be doing?
The successful candidates will be involved 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.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
Viticulture or wine growing is the cultivation and harvesting of grapes.
Duties of the viticulturist include monitoring and controlling pests and diseases, fertilising, irrigation, canopy management, monitoring fruit development and characteristics, harvest decisions, and vine pruning during the winter months.
Viticulturists are often intimately involved with winemakers, because vineyard management and the resulting grape characteristics provide the basis from which winemaking can begin.
The role requires self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team player to complete tasks safely and efficiently. A lot of time is spent outdoors in all weathers, so resilience and drive are imperative to be successful.
The course will also incorporate a range of competency certificates, such as first aid and pesticide application.
What apprentices will learn
Pest & disease management
Yield forecasting & management
Pruning & trellising
Vineyard floor management
Harvest planning and management
Health & safety and standard operating procedures
Vineyard machinery & equipment
Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work
Level 2 in Maths and English (if applicable)
PA1 Safe use of pesticides (pre requisite of PA3)
PA3 Air assisted sprayer
10 weekly blocks of teaching split between the main campus and the college’s Rock Lodge Vineyard.
End Point Assessment
Online multiple-choice test
Fail, pass, merit, distinction.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
Viticulture in the south of England is rapidly growing. For those interested in joining, a range of career opportunities exist - either moving up to a vineyard manager or into winemaking. The apprenticeship could also be relevant to other areas of fruit growing in the South of England as well.
Requirements and prospects
Desired skills and personal qualities
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired
Things to consider
About the employer
Level 3 (A level)
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