People Development

Our vision

To leverage people development as a catalyst for the advancement of people by building their capabilities for optimum performance, innovation and the achievement of business goals in the wine industry.

Our mission

Provide development opportunities through people development systems that enhance knowledge, develop skills and enrich the succession of wine industry businesses.

The People Development Strategy is part of the strategic planning process of the wine industry. It aims to link and integrate people development initiatives systematically with industry needs to:

  • Establish priorities in the effective use and allocation of learning resources;
  • Act as a guiding document for stakeholders in the wine industry;
  • Enhance the quality of learning and education in the wine industry;
  • Contribute towards greater efficiencies in the industry;
  • Be an attractive industry within which to learn and develop;
  • Provision of standards for people development; and
  • To leverage funding opportunities.

Please contact us if you would like more information on the People Development Strategy.

People development services

Cloud-based people management solution

The wine industry offers a world-class people management solution for the benefit of all industry members. The solution offers a database that is linked to development opportunities, training programmes, training schedules and people development plans. The benefits of the solution are access to an industry skills survey compiled by a comprehensive set of competencies, needs analysis, link to training providers, access to funding and an industry-specific return on investment tool based on learning outcomes. This tool was created to assist the industry’s Human Resource and People Development Departments to help with growth opportunities linked to the strategic and productive growth of their businesses.


South African Wine Industry Professional Body

SAWIPB was established to advance the competencies of practitioners related to the occupations identified for the mentioned four sub-sectors. These occupations include the ±300 000 elementary workers employed in the industry, seeking to promote their employability whilst promoting the profitability of the industry by addressing competence. The professional body informs learning programmes, advises providers, and provides continuous development initiatives based on defined competencies that subject matter experts in the industry developed. Find more information on the SAWIPB website. Click here SAWIPB


Careers paths

The South African Wine Industry offers careers in one of four main areas of interest. These areas were identified as sub-sectors by SAWIPB. The sub-sectors include careers in primary production, secondary production, wine tourism, marketing, logistics, and distribution. Consider your passion, interest, experience and qualifications when deciding on a career path in the Wine Industry. Some occupations require formal studies to pursue the career, whilst others allow for the recognition of experience and offer the option to earn while you learn.

If you are looking for advice on career paths in our industry, click here: www.sawipb/careers.
Learner Management System
Learner and Learning management and reporting are now available and accessible via the industry LMS platform. The platform provides employers, learners/employees, providers and sponsors with central and coordinated access to execute learning and development, address industry skills gaps and generate related reports.

Learners/ Employees/ Employers: All employees and learners must register ( on the industry LMS as a condition to participate in any industry learning activities. Learning needs could be recorded via the competence framework survey, tailored for each sub-sector, or by selecting specific learning programmes, licensing requirements, and professional registration, which are presented as a catalogue of suggested options on the system.

Learning Programmes: Learning programmes and details of providers need to be registered on the LMS before they can be used as options to manage people development. Providers should contact the People Development Office to have their Learning Programmes listed on the platform.

Online Learning: The Wine Industry People Development Strategy encourages the use of various modes of learning to develop our industry. The LMS offers Online Learning functionality to providers, which is made available on the LMS based on specific agreements with providers.


Skills development facilitator support

A skills development facilitator is responsible for the planning, implementation, and reporting of training in an organisation, with Seta-related duties to improve and cultivate the existing skills of the South African workforce. All companies that are registered with SARS for PAYE and who pay salaries of more than R500,000 per year or have 50 or more employees should be registered to pay Skills Development Levies (SDL). We assist our industry members with the submission of their Workplace Skills Plan (WSP), which consists of planned training for the following year and the Annual Training Reports (ATR), which refers to the actual training that was completed in the previous year, to their relevant Seta. By completing and submitting the two reports by the 30th of April each year and adhering to all the set requirements of the SETA’s, 20% of the Skills Development Levies (SDL) will be paid by obtaining a Mandatory Grant from the relevant Seta to the employer.


Bursary applications and sponsorships

To apply for bursaries or donate funds to support our programs or learning opportunities, contact Kachné Ross, People Development Manager, at