TAFE SA is celebrating the launch of its new brand – Wine and Spirits School TAFE SA – which brings together its specialist short courses and globally recognised training under one banner.
The brand’s focus is on professional-level courses for those working in the industry, from grape growing and viticulture to small bars and hospitality, and for people with a serious interest in wine and spirits.
TAFE SA has a proud 30-year history in wine education and, since 2011, has been delivering Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses, coordinated by Gill Gordon Smith, WCA 2017 Educator and Wine Communicator of the Year and WSET-certified educator.
WSET courses offer sought-after qualifications which are recognised around the world. The organisation, based in the UK, focuses on best-practice education and qualifications for those working in the wine trade.
Wine Education Program Manager, Trish Colbey, says the Wine and Spirits School reinforces the professional standing of all its courses and its links with industry.
“TAFE SA’s focus is to provide quality education and training delivered by passionate, highly regarded and experienced people that is results-driven and reflective of the needs of industry now and in the future,” she says.
Courses on offer include WSET Awards (level 1-3) in wine, spirits and sake, Barossa Wine School (level 1 & 2), Champagne and Sparkling Tasting Lab, and French, Italian and Spanish Wine Scholar programs.
TAFE SA lecturer and winemaker Gill Gordon Smith is an accredited Italian Wine Expert, one of only 14 in the world who has achieved the rigorous certification by the VIA – the Vinitaly International Academy.
Gill says WSET courses offer valuable education, which is “approachable and engaging”, and which is especially relevant for those working in the industry or aspiring to do so.
“Most of our students are winemakers, viticulturalists, sommeliers and those working in high-end wine bars because industry values these qualifications,” she says.