Local wineries leave a sweet taste

Local wineries leave a sweet taste

Free rides to work and hot lunches on offer were some of the many selling points described to prospective Cellar hands who joined the recent Cellar Ops Experience Day held at Te Pūkenga NMIT.
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Attendees at the latest Cellar Ops Experience Day

Many industry partners were involved in this third ‘taster day’, hosted by the Viticulture and Winemaking department(external link). It showcased fabulous facilities and detailed the work opportunities that would immediately be available to graduates.

Haley Hawkins, tutor of the Level 3 Cellar Operations programme(external link), said the experience days are a wonderful way to engage potential employees directly with contacts within the wine industry.

“It also helps members of our community investigate employment options,” she said.

Haley also said it was brilliant to be able to show people around different wineries and their diverse work environments.

Cellar Operations is a 19-week programme held in Marlborough that includes a 7-8-week, paid practical placement in one of the many wineries in the region.

The programme can also lead to further study on the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking(external link).

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