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About the course

As part of Club Thrive, we are offering 6 individuals the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills by participating in the fully funded Principles of Winemaking Course.

This one-week intensive course aims to provide participants with a good level of knowledge and understanding of winemaking (oenology). It is for those who wish to start making wine, work in a winery, enter the wine trade, or further develop their expertise in the world of wine.

This course is funded by the Gerard Basset Foundation and supported by education provider Plumpton College.


The Inside Hospitality Report has revealed disparities, with ethnically diverse respondents being less likely to access professional development opportunities compared to their white counterparts. This course aims to bridge the access gap while also supporting ethnically diverse professionals in the hospitality industry to thrive in their chosen career paths.

6 funded places are available on the five-day Principles of Winemaking Course. Successful applicants will also have travel expenses, accommodation, and meal costs covered. View more details about the course here, including timings and prerequisites.

Club Thrive

Club Thrive is an affordable membership club with a one-off joining fee of just £20. Joining provides eligibility to our funded programmes, a peer-to-peer WhatsApp group, and free member events. Joining instructions are available upon request.

Eligibility criteria

Below is a summary of the eligibility criteria, but before applying, please read the full course terms, which can be found here.


The course is open to hospitality professionals who identify as Black, Asian, or ethnic minority.

Residency status

UK citizen, national or permanent resident.

Work experience

Minimum of two year’s experience working in the hospitality industry.


Please refer to course description for details which can be found here.

Additional questions?

Join us for a Questions & Answers webinar with Dona Frost, WineSkills Programme Manager, and Deepika Koushik, Winemaker, on Wednesday 24th April , at 2:15 PM. Register now to attend for free.

Application timings

The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd May. The course is for 5 days, and will start on Monday 3rd June until Friday 7th June 2024.

For further information, please email

    Application Form

    Do you have two years experience working in hospitality?

    Do you meet the required criteria set for this course?

    Are you able to attend the required date of the course?

    Why are you applying for this programme?

    In 300 words or less, please tell us what your career ambition is, what's stopping you achieve it today and how this course will help you get there

    Do you have any accessibility or mobility requirements?


    If successful, are you happy to take part in social media promotion 
about the program?


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