Plumpton to launch new training programme

Robyn Black

Robyn Black

17 August 2020

The new course has been developed in response to Covid-19 and Brexit

The Entry Into Viticulture programme is a one-week intensive course designed to provide job seekers and career changers with relevant qualifications and introductory knowledge, sector engagement and a guaranteed interview from a recruiting industry employer.

The pilot programme is due to take place early next month (September) and will be taught by specialist staff across viticulture.

‘Recent studies found that Brighton alone is expecting 30,000+ redundancies in the catering and hospitality sector and Crawley has the second highest rate of furlough in the country, with this in mind Plumpton’s response to the current challenges in the jobs market is to launch our re-training programme, Entry Into Viticulture,’ said college principal Jeremy Kerswell.

‘As a leading land-based college, Plumpton have developed programmes specifically to meet the needs of the sector and local employment opportunities. We have worked closely with local economic partnerships, land-based sector bodies and the Department of Work and Pension to ensure the programmes meet the identified local economic and skills priorities. If you’re a business with immediate staffing requirements this is a programme for producers to get involved with.’

The college is asking any vineyards or wine businesses looking to recruit staff to support with harvest or more long-term requirements to get involved by contacting 01273 892127 or

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