VTAP 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 Viniculture Technician Apprenticeship Program (VTAP) offered through 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. VTAP’s 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 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 – 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