Who We Are

In 2001, the fundamental need to service farms through the development of farmworkers skills, abilities and better communities was identified.

What we do

The lack of skills and capacity building has been acknowledged as one of the key obstructions to transformation within the agricultural industry.

Our Vision

To be leaders of the African agricultural environment; empowering farmworkers, the unemployed and communities with the skills to create a sustainable, transformed and high performance agricultural industry.

VINEYARD ACADEMY OFFERINGS

The National Skills Development Strategy 3 (NSDSIII) has prioritized the the speeding up of growth and transforming the economy to create decent work and sustainable livelihoods; building economic and social infrastructure; and developing a comprehensive rural development strategy.

OUR SOCIAL IMPACT

Food security remains the ultimate impact indicator and the Academy is confident in the contribution its programmes will make to ensuring a stable, quality food supply to the continent and Africa’s potential to be the future “food basket” of the world.

OUR SOCIAL IMPACT

Food security remains the ultimate impact indicator and the Academy is confident in the contribution its programmes will make to ensuring a stable, quality food supply to the continent and Africa’s potential to be the future “food basket” of the world.

OUR VALUES

EXCELLENCE through industry leadership and performance

RESPECT in every touch point

COMMITMENT to our vision and the people we serve

INTEGRITY in our choices and decisions – doing the right thing always

INNOVATION to stay ahead of the pack

OUR VALUES

EXCELLENCE through industry leadership and performance

RESPECT in every touch point

COMMITMENT to our vision and the people we serve

INTEGRITY in our choices and decisions – doing the right thing always

INNOVATION to stay ahead of the pack

Curriculum

Annually about 600 students are trained through the Academy’s programmes. Of the 600, more than 450 unemployed youth and farm workers in the Western Cape were trained in Plant Production and New Venture Creation respectively. These programmes and learnerships are now also being implemented in the Free State, Northern Cape, Southern Cape, Eastern Cape and Western Cape for the 2017/2018 period.

Aquaculture / Fresh Fish Farming (NQF Level 1)

Together with the South African Wine [...]

Plant Production Learnership (NQF Level 4):

This qualification sets the perfect foundation [...]

Mixed Farming (NQF Level 1 – 2)

This qualification is vocational by nature, with [...]

Wine Making Programmes

The Vineyard Academy has over the years [...]

HIGHLIGHTS

2017
2017

2001-2006

Organised and coordinated candidates successfully selected, as one of the partners identified by SAWIT, to be part of the Thuthukile Skweyiya Burgundy wine exchange program. The exchange program focused on workers with no formal qualification up to NQF Level 4 to develop and skill them so that they are in position to obtain a recognised certificate.
2017

2002-2003

Played a significant role as a service provider in training beneficiaries of the Lutzville Project in plant production, leadership and supervision. The significance of this training, coupled with mentorship and couching from the farm owners, lead to farmworkers successful farming and obtaining ownership of 49% of the project.
2017

2004

Collaborated with Women on Farms Project to up skill 50 black women in technical aspects of viticulture, basic life skills and leadership. The results were phenomenal, with women subsequently organising themselves into teams that secured seasonal employment in pruning and canopy management across various farms in Stellenbosch.
2017

2006

Coordinated and prepared candidates successfully selected to be part of the USA Wine Exchange Program.
2017

2005-2007

Service provider to SAWIT’s unemployed youths were recruited from Stellenbosch and surrounding towns for training towards a national qualification in Winemaking NQF Level 3.
2017

2012-2014

Identified as one of the service providers by SAWIT to render training support to the SAWIT Agricultural Business Management Development Program. Skills Programs in Plant Production NQF Level 2 and Winemaking NQF Level 3 were delivered to approximately 500 learners. successes of this program included a high retention rate of learners with the successful completion of modules by learners through sheer dedication.