Inspiring the Next Generation for English Wine

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Ridgeview are passionate about supporting education and encouraging people to enter a career in the Wine Industry. We strive to do all that we can to remove barriers, create pathways and welcome everyone who has passion and purpose.

Our strong links with Plumpton College help to support and inspire the next generation entering the Wine Industry. Ridgeview’s Vineyard Manager, Matt Strugnell and Head Winemaker, Simon Roberts regularly give talks, host visits and offer mentoring to share their knowledge and experience with students.

In partnership with Plumpton, we have joined the National Apprenticeships Scheme, to offer a new Vineyard Apprentice position at Ridgeview. This will enable individuals to gain unique experience in our vineyard, focusing on sustainable practises and viticulture of the highest quality, to forge a rewarding and long-lasting career in the wine industry.


Ridgeview Harvest Academy
Ridgeview's Harvest Academy 2021

In 2021, we launched the Ridgeview Harvest Academy to support and encourage local individuals, who were out of work, to explore a career in English wine. We were delighted to offer all interested participants paid employment at Ridgeview during our 2021 harvest, joining us as press loaders and pickers.

Tamara Roberts
Tamara Roberts, CEO

Ridgeview’s CEO, Tamara Roberts, is a member of the advisory board of Sussex University Business School and is passionate about creating opportunities for meaningful work experience, guiding and informing education strategy and strengthening connections between industry, business and students.

Tamara regularly attends career events at local secondary schools, such as Burgess Hill Academy and Downlands, to inspire students to broaden their horizons and consider a career in the English Wine Industry, at a pivotal time in their lives.

You can often find us as friendly faces at career events or local education initiatives. Highlights include our involvement with East Sussex County Council’s Open Doors Project, enabling local school pupils to visit Ridgeview and experience the winemaking world for the first-time to shape and inspire their future.

Mardi Roberts, Ridgeview’s Director of Communications, is a Business Mentor for Shoreham Academy. Through innovative and inspiring work experience projects, she nurtures young people to realise and develop their skills.

Mardi’s ‘Could you be a Winemaker?’ Work Place Live event, challenges students to discover their palate through a series of blind food tastings, designed to test their ability to taste and smell. Mardi is passionate about demystifying the wine industry and encouraging young people to bring a fresh perspective to this vibrant sector.

Mardi Roberts, Director of Communications
Mardi Roberts, Director of Communications

Ridgeview strongly believes in the importance of sharing our passion and expertise. The future of the English Wine Industry shines brightly and we are dedicated to inspiring the next generation. We open doors, nurture passionate people and pave the way for fresh talent who can take our vibrant sector to new and exciting heights.


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