ICHM first years have achieved a pass rate of 90% in ICHM’s first Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) level one exam.
WSET is a global wine accreditation program recognised and required of staff in many restaurants throughout the world.
Wine Lecturer Jane Paull, an approved and accredited WSET educator, delivered the WSET sessions.
She says that WSET accreditation helps put students in a greater competitive position for food and beverage positions down the track.
‘These first years can now describe not only the characteristics of the main grape varieties, but also clearly describe what to expect from Bordeaux, Red and White Burgundy, Chablis, Cote du Rhone, Beaujolais, Chianti, Rioja and more!
‘Not bad for a group where many had not even tasted wine before’, says Jane.
The students will receive WSET Level 1 Certification, along with a WSET lapel pin.
WSET’s qualifications in the areas of wine, spirits and sake are recognised globally, with all qualifications regulated by the United Kingdom Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.
The qualification is being offered in conjunction with WSET’s approved South Australian provider, TAFESA.
Jane Paull says she would particularly like to thank ICHM’s Principal Dr George Brown, for getting the whole thing happening in the blink of an eye’.
‘I would also like to thank staff members Susie Harmer, who pulled out all stops to get the program up and running at short notice and Amy Santillan, who helped students with their rote learning skills’, she says.
Following the successful implementation of WSET’s Level 1 Award in Wines, ICHM plans to offer Level 2 in 2020 and will consider other WSET courses in the future.