Department of Agriculture: Training and Internships for 2016

Department of Agriculture: Training and Internships for 2016:  The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries presents exciting opportunities/positions for the unemployed youth through its Experiential Training,Internship, and the Young Professional Development Programme.

Successful applicants will undergo on-the-job development training in technical, professional, public service, business and life skills relevant and crucial for them to enter the formal job market.

The opportunities/positions presented are categorised as follows:

1. Young Professional Development Programme [Ref: YPDP/01/2016]

This category of opportunities calls for young graduates in possession of a requisite bachelor’s degree in agriculture, forestry or fisheries who would like to further their studies at B/Tech, Honours, Masters or Ph.D. levels.

Successful candidates will be expected to sign an internship contract with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Candidates will be placed with the relevant industry/research institution, will be allocated a mentor and will receive a monthly allowance from the department.

Candidates applying for this category must motivate on a separate page (not less than 300 words) why they think they should be considered for this programme and indicate the proposed fields of study for 2016, as well as the institution where they intend to study.

Successful candidates will be linked with funded research projects of the department. [20 interns]

2. Agri-export Technologists Programme [AETP/02/2016]

This category of opportunities calls for qualifi ed unemployed graduates in possession of a 3-year (minimum) national qualification in one of the following fields: Agricultural Sciences, Food Technology or Environmental Health to participate in the Young Agricultural Export Technologists Programme to gain both the practical experience and employment in the perishable products export industry of South Africa.

Successful candidates will be placed with relevant industry organisations under the guidance and leadership of the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB).

Candidates applying for this category must motivate on a separate page (not less than 300 words) why they think they should be considered for this programme and will be subjected to further adjudication by the PPECB for final selection.

Successful candidates will sign an internship contract with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and will be entitled to a monthly allowance.

Applicants must be entering the internship programme in government for the fi rst time. [25 interns]

3. Employment/job seekers

This category of opportunities calls for qualified unemployed graduates in fields of study required by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.

Applicants for this category must be between the ages of 18 and 35.

Applicants must apply to a specific directorate in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as indicated in the table below.

The reference number is indicated next to the directorate in the table below. The period of participation in this category is 12 months and applicants must be entering the internship programme in government for the first time.

4. Experiential Training

The candidates applying for this category are those currently registered for undergraduate study programmes in agriculture, forestry and fisheries and are required to do experiential training for them to attain a degree/diploma.

Applicants must have a referral letter from the institution of higher learning.

Applicants must apply to a specific directorate in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries using the reference number as indicated in the table below.

Specific requirements

Applicants for the experiential training and job seekers categories will be allocated in the directorates/functional units listed in the table below and must be entering the internship programme in government for the first time.

Closing date: 04 September 2015

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