Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA) aims to develop the capacity of unemployed, historically disadvantaged South Africans aged 18-25 who show potential and are self-motivated.
Through an intensive 12 months programme they are prepared for employment in the wine industry and related sectors such as tourism and hospitality. Students must have passed grade 12 and must reside in the Cape Winelands. The programme is unique in that a substantial part of the curriculum focusses on life skills and personal development. This enables the students to excel in any career and to make a meaningful difference in their communities.