BECOME AN APPRENTICE
Two-year program (cycles begin in July and January).
Program includes both classroom instruction (14.5 units of horticulture classes), and 3,000 hours of employment at participating wineries and vineyards.
Receiving formalized training on-the-job under the supervision of a qualified worker in all processes necessary to become skilled in the occupation.
Receiving V.A. benefits in addition to wages if the apprentice is an eligible veteran
Will be interviewed and screened by the Committee including background checks and will work at several vineyards and wineries according to the needs and demands of the employers.
Will be trained in most aspects of vineyard and winery operations.
BECOME AN EMPLOYER
Providing a more flexible workforce because of greater employee skills.
Participating in a program which has proven successful in implementing affirmative action for minorities and women.
Receiving recognition as a supporter of State and National efforts to train people in skills necessary to become contributing members of society.
Commit to providing a minimum of 8 hours per week to apprentices while they are at their workplace.
Provide a pay rate starting at $11 per hour, increasing to $13 per hour., as well as Worker’s Compensation.
Consumers are assured of high quality goods and services when these are produced by properly trained and proficient employees.
Apprenticeship assures a means for passing on skills and knowledge from one generation to the next.