Are you interested in working at the management leadership level in the wine industry?
Do you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour?
Want to advance your wine career with top-level training?
Prepared to invest your time in learning?

Vinica Education Society is once again offering the comprehensive training, mentorship and internship Equity in Wine Leadership program to support aspiring BIPOC wine professionals to advance their careers. 

This 3 month full-time training program is free for qualified participants, with funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement. Additional support is also provided by Wine Growers BC and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. 

Additional support provided by:

January – April 2022 Program

Vinica’s Equity in Wine Leadership training program (formerly called AgriDiversity) will take place in a hybrid, blended format between January 17 and April 1, 2022. This intense, life-changing 11 week program includes three residency weeks in Kelowna, BC,  two weeks of internship placements in various locations throughout BC, and six other weeks of online study, training and mentorship. Participants should expect to devote at least five full days per week throughout this program. Support is available for participants to travel for residency weeks in Kelowna.

The program included the following components:

  • WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 2
  • WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 3
  • BC Wine Ambassador Levels 1 & 2 
  • BC Wine industry-specific training
  • Cultural empowerment seminars
  • Employment assistance services, including skills assessment and planning, resume building and a virtual job fair 
  • Mentorship with top BIPOC leader in the global wine industry
  • 2 week unpaid internship in the BC wine industry

Participants were taught by leading wine industry and educational professionals, gaining knowledge, crafting a network of colleagues and mentors, and making lasting connections in the wine industry. The Equity in Wine Leadership training program also provides the opportunity for participants to join the community of previous program graduates, now working in the BC wine industry.

January – April 2022 Schedule

DateActivities
January 17 2022 – January 30 2022Online training and pre-employment services.
January 31 2022 – February 4 2022
First week of in-person training in Kelowna, including orientation, WSET 2 skills classes, cultural empowerment in the workplace seminar and Wines of BC Ambassador Training Level 1, and WSET 2 exam.
February 5 2022 – February 20 20222 week internship placement in a BC wine business. 
February 21 2022 – February 27 2022Online training continues, including study for WSET 3, pre-employment coaching and counselling.
February 28 2022 – March 4 2022Second week of in-person training in Kelowna, including Wines of BC Ambassador Training Level 2, and WSET 3 skills classes, and cultural empowerment in the workplace seminar. 
March 5 2022 – March 27 2022Online training continues, including study for WSET 3, pre-employment coaching and counselling.
March 28 2022 – April 1 2022Final week of in-person training in Kelowna, including WSET 3 skills classes,  and WSET 3 exam. Virtual job fair takes place.

Participant Criteria

The Equity in Wine Leadership is a free training program for people who are passionate about wine, but experiencing barriers to participation or advancement in the industry. Participants may be from any part of British Columbia.

The 22 participants for our program will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour
  • is 19+ years old
  • has a keen interest in wine and loves learning
  • would like to pursue a management or leadership-level career in the wine industry
  • has been impacted by COVID-19 and are seeking training to obtain a job 
  • is unemployed
    or
    employed (part-time 30 hours or less/week, seasonal or casual)or precariously employed and seeking training to find a new job, prepare for changing job requirements or new job opportunities in the community
  • can commit to 5 full days a week in training, internship placement and study throughout the 11 week program
  • is a resident of British Columbia
  • has a SIN and is a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person with authorization to work in Canada.

To Apply

To apply for the Equity in Wine Leadership training program starting January 17, 2022, please apply today by filling out this form

Applications will be considered as they arrive, so please apply as soon as possible. 

As a next step, qualified applicants will be contacted by our program director, to get to know you better and to tell you more about the program.