The South African Wine Industry offers careers in one of four main areas of interest. These areas were identified as sub sectors by SAWIPB. The sub-sectors include careers in primary production, secondary production, wine tourism and marketing and logistics and distribution. Consider your passion, interest, experience and qualifications when deciding on a career path in the Wine Industry. Some of the occupations would require formal studies to be allowed to pursue the career, whilst others allow for the recognition of experience and offer the option to earn while you learn.

  1. Decide on a career path to pursue: Have a look at the four sub-sector options that will guide you to a career paths by clicking on the icon and then reading what the career stream offers and entails.
  2. Register as Wine Industry Practitioner. Click on the Register icon at the top right of the screen and complete the registration. Add as much fields as possible, but if time is limited you can always go back and update your information. Registration on the system will help us to keep you updated with all developments and opportunities to further your career. Your details entered is structured by the system to compile a neat CV that you can generate of the system. With your consent, we will also avail your information to employers that might be looking for people with your qualifications, experience or interest.
  3. Register as a business to develop your employees: Should we not link the Skillogical HR Function here? If the company is willing to pay why not avail the option?
  4. Consider study options. Qualifications, other learning programmes and provider details related to the occupations are listed under each of the career pathways. Click on the provider website to register for programmes. SAWIPB will indicate where bursaries, learnerships or other support is available to help you develop your skills and further your career.
  5. Apply for a Designation. There are many people in the industry that have skills and knowledge they have acquired through the years. A Designation is an acknowledgement that people have abilities that the industry values. People that have been working as Vineyard Foremen might for instance not have a formal qualification, but their experience and knowledge gained through the years could be recognised by awarding them the Farm Foreman Designation. Learning programmes and other information sharing such as online video material aimed at specific designations will be made available to such designated people to further develop them and keep them up to date on new developments. The criteria for the various designations are listed under the four career pathways. Apply online for the designation.
  6. Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. People that have been working in the industry could also expand their career by applying for recognition for the experience and knowledge they have gained over the years. The recognition could help to gain access to complete a qualification or be recognised for your proven ability by applying for a SAWIPB designation. The qualifications and designation for which SAWIPB will facilitate a RPL process are flagged in the four career pathways.

Explore your career options by clicking on each of the following icons to explore the careers and related learning opportunities: