The Viticulture Technician Apprenticeship gives apprentices valuable knowledge of the wine industry, paired with real-world experience, to fill the skills gap at wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms throughout San Diego County.

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The San Diego County Vintners Association (SDCVA) is a proud partner of the Viticulture Technician Apprenticeship offered through the Ornamental Horticulture program at Cuyamaca College.

With the assistance of the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards, SDCVA and Cuyamaca College have formed a Unilateral Apprenticeship Committee that is mobilizing the wine industry to offer apprenticeships for future employees. Our goal is to provide apprentices knowledge of the wine industry, paired with real-world experience, with the hopes to fill the skills gap at wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms throughout San Diego County.

The two-year apprenticeship consists of 14.5 units of horticulture classroom instruction and 3,000 hours of hands-on employment at one of the participating wineries and vineyards.

Employers must dedicate the time to mentor the apprentices and provide them with field experience that encompasses all aspects of running a winery or vineyard.  Participating wineries and vineyards must commit to providing 9 to 30 hours per week to apprentices while they are at their work place. Wineries and vineyards must also provide Worker’s Compensation and a pay rate starting at $11 per hour then increasing to $13 per hour.

Please contact viticulture.apprentice@gmail.com if you any questions.

Follow this link to an online apprenticeship application:

https://goo.gl/forms/TiV0MCQs1fUgc6ZH2