Wine traineeship’s inaugral graduate

Foundation Barossa vice treasurer Scott Tolhurst, Seppeltsfield winemaker Fiona Donald, scholarship graduate Nathan Eyers, cellar manager Mark Baker.
Foundation Barossa vice treasurer Scott Tolhurst, Seppeltsfield winemaker Fiona Donald, scholarship graduate Nathan Eyers, cellar manager Mark Baker.

The inaugural graduate of Foundation Barossa’s Concordis Traineeship is leaving the program with invaluable work experience, a TAFE certification, and a job offer. 

After spending the past two years at Seppeltsfield Winery as a trainee Nathan Eyers, 20, said the most rewarding - but also the most challenging - part of the experience was having to constantly learn new things.

“I'd always done hard labour as a concreter but when I took up wine it was great to have to learn something new every day.” Mr Eyers said at his graduation ceremony last week, “I don’t work the same job every day. That’s huge for me.” 

“The biggest challenge was coming in knowing absolutely nothing.

Originally from Edinburgh North, then moving to Sedan, Nathan Eyers took a leap of faith when he moved to the Barossa. 

“The first year was a bit rough but I got through it and it was good. I really enjoyed the challenge,” Mr Eyers said about the program.

“I've worked really hard but the cellar team is brilliant so they really pushed me and helped me learn every machine there was to learn.”

The Concordis Traineeship is a two year program designed to assist high-school students and young adults who may otherwise be prevented from considering tertiary education in the wine industry.

It offers $5000 towards the recipient’s TAFE studies and a paid traineeship with a partnered Barossa winery.

During the TAFE section of the program Mr Eyers went above and beyond and was able to complete a Certificate Two and almost complete a Certificate Three in the relevant courses, far above what was expected of a trainee.

Looking forward, Mr Eyers is keen to continue to grow his knowledge and experience in the industry.

“A really big thanks to the cellar team for supporting me over the two year traineeship and a big thanks to close friends and family for pushing me through it.”

Applications to the next round of the Concordis Traineeship is open until September 17.