What will the apprentice be doing:
The successful candidates will be involved all aspects of working on a vineyard.
Key Responsibilities Vineyard Operative:
Tractor driving (experience essential).
Tractor operations: mowing, leaf trimming, leaf removal, air assisted spraying, boom sprays, and mulching, organisation of our machinery and equipment.
Site maintenance: headlands, borders. Vineyard trellis repairs/maintenance. Strimming work. General estate maintenance.
Some seasonal evening/night work will be required.
Vineyard Work – pruning, tying down, bud rub, canopy management,
Harvest – tractor and trailer work, supervising extra staff.
The apprenticeship is a two year course, based in East Sussex. The candidate would be required to attend 5 residential training blocks per year, each of 1 week duration, which is included with the full-time position at Exton Park Vineyard.
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
Desired skills and personal qualities:
Record Keeping – stock control, vineyard data collection.
Full right to work in the UK.
Good English, verbal, and written communication skills. Some computer skills required.
Positive attitude and a strong work ethic.
Full driving license mandatory.
Forklift licence would be favourable.
All relevant PA1-3 spray qualifications would be a bonus. although training will be given to the right candidate.
Things to consider:
The role is rural so a candidate will need to be able to reliably commute.
Ability to drive a tractor is key, but all other skills will be taught.
Salary is flexible depending on experience.
23 days holiday, we do not work bank holidays.
Staff discount on wines.
How to Apply
Apply by spending your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org