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WSET and Prowein join forces to give ambitious young wine professionals a helping hand

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We have today launched an initiative to train and support ambitious young wine professionals in partnership with Prowein - the leading international wine and spirits trade fair.

Up to thirty individuals in the early stages of their career in any sector of the EU wine industry (plus the UK), including hospitality, wine tourism and distribution, will be offered places on a bespoke online WSET Level 2 Award in Wines course. They will receive online tuition, a home tasting pack of 40 wines (provided by Vinovae) and, at the end of the course, will take their final exam at ProWein. They will be offered complimentary tickets to ProWein 2021 to attend a welcome breakfast and to participate in a series of tutored tastings by leading producer groups. We will also offer this group of young wine professionals ongoing mentorship.

Ambitious wine trade professionals, under the age of 30, who are committed to expanding their product knowledge and developing their careers within the sector should apply by first completing a short pre-application screening. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how the opportunity would help them achieve their industry career goals. They must also be prepared to attend Prowein 2021 (19-23 March). All applications must be received by Monday 30th November and the six-week course will start in January 2021.

Joseph Hallam, WSET Business Development Manager EMEA, said: “This is a very challenging time for those working in the European wine industry. By using the power of education, we hope that we can play our part in helping young wine professionals to achieve their potential through gaining a globally recognised wine qualification and being part of an ongoing mentorship programme.”

Bastian Mingers, Director of ProWein, adds: "The Covid-19 crisis has brought many changes and new challenges for the wine industry. It is hard for newcomers in particular to find their feet. With this new initiative, WSET will equip the younger generation with comprehensive wine knowledge. Prowein will provide the opportunity for them to gain valuable know-how and experience from personal contact and the networking opportunities we offer."

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of December 2020.