Pinotage Youth Development Academy, (PYDA), based in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s Western Cape, has announced its best results yet with 47 out of 50 students (94%) passing our WSET Level 2 Award in Wines exam.
The PYDA’s year-long programme helps young people from under-resourced areas gain employment and meaningful economic opportunities within the wine industry. It combines personal development, practical work projects and technical skills including completing our internationally recognised qualification.
Our Level 2 Award in Wines has been an integral part of PYDA’s curriculum for nearly 10 years and is jointly funded by the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and WSET. The programme forms part of our social impact work which aims to make drinks education accessible and affordable for all.
Taught by local, highly-qualified wine educators, out of this year’s cohort of 50 students, seven of them achieved a Distinction (a mark of 85%+) and 23 gained a Merit (a mark of 70%+).
PYDA Programme Lead, Emmalene Ravell says: “Witnessing their dedication and commitment to seizing this opportunity fills me with immense pride. The outstanding results achieved this year have set a new benchmark, reflecting both the exceptional abilities of our students and the quality of our programme. I am confident that these achievements will propel them towards great success in their future endeavours.”
Michelle Brampton, WSET CEO, adds: “The success of this year’s PYDA students is very impressive. Supporting initiatives such as this is part of our purpose to empower people all over the world by making WSET qualifications accessible and affordable. This is paramount in changing people’s live and increasing diversity and inclusivity in the drinks industry.”
Cathy Marston, owner of the International Wine Education Centre, agrees: “It’s clear that there is no lack of intelligence, determination and drive amongst this group of young people. All they needed was a chance to show what they could do and we’re incredibly grateful to the IWC and WSET for giving them this life-changing opportunity.”
80% of last year’s students are now in full-time permanent employment and it is hoped that when the current intake graduate next month, they will achieve equal or even greater success in finding meaningful and exciting careers.
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