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Liberty Wines apprenticeship scheme returns

Published:  16 May, 2017

Liberty Wines’ apprentice scheme is once again open, offering one - or possibly two - plucky newcomers the chance to get ahead in the world of premium wine.

Candidates have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of founder David Gleave MW, who started the company in 1997 and the apprenticeship in 2007.

The two-year programme aims to give hands on training to one up and comer, although two have been taken on in the past. 

While undertaking the WSET Level 4 Diploma during the apprenticeship, apprentices will complement their studies by working one vintage in the northern hemisphere and one in the south, with producers picked from Liberty’s 300-strong portfolio.

“Education is a crucial element of customer service in the premium wine sector within which we operate, and has always been a fundamental part of our business,” communications director, Luciann Flynn said.

“It builds relationships, fuels passion, and ensures total confidence in selling our wines, ultimately enhancing sales and profitability. This programme means we can develop our own team while also allowing an individual to gain skills across the company. It reflects our ongoing commitment to the future of the industry.”

In addition to the winemaking apprenticeship scheme, the company’s first Sales Apprentice graduated in early 2016 and now leads a corporate sales team.

The sales oriented scheme was launched two years to reflect the need for business skills in modern winemaking, the company said.

Candidates have until June 9 to register their interest at