What is Graduate placements?
For those who completed their studies in scarce and critical skills areas, but still cannot find employment because they have no experience (normally placement for one year).
A Graduate Placement student is different from a Workplace Integrated Learning student in that the graduate placement student have already completed their tertiary studies and want to gain practical experience in a commercial environment, and the Workplace Integrated Learning student needs to do their practical in order for them to complete their studies and obtain their qualification.
At Hygro we provide post graduate students with an opportunity to gain that extra experience that they need to increase their employability. We have placed a large number of post graduates over the last few years and many of them have received, not only permanent positions at the farms where we place them, but also excellence awards from the Agri-SETA (Agricultural Sectoral Education and Training Authority).
Some will argue that hands-on experience in agriculture is more important than theoretical knowledge and academic qualifications. We believe that no person working in the sector will be able to reach their full potential without a good balance of both theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
How it works?
If you are a post graduate student who already completed their qualification in agriculture and needs practical experience in order to increase your employability, you are at the right place.
The first thing you will need to do is to apply for Graduate Placement – you can follow these instructions on our website, or you can contact the office during normal office hours.
When we receive your application, our team of coordinators will review your application, so please make sure it is complete and that all the information required is supplied.
After reviewing your application, a decision will be made on whether you will be shortlisted or not. If you are shortlisted, we will contact you to arrange a face-to-face interview with you. This interview will ultimately determine whether you will be accepted into the program, so prepare well.
If you are selected, we will notify you and inform you about the procedure that follows. You will be provided with an induction date and venue. Your first two weeks as a postgraduate will be spent undergoing our induction program.
During induction you will receive all the information specific to your placement for instance, which farm you will be placed on, who will be your mentor, what code of conduct you will be subjected to, etc. You will also go through a training program that consists of several short courses, such as Occupational Health and Safety and Leading a Team. The induction process has one purpose and that is to prepare you for the year ahead.
After you completed your induction program, you will be placed on a selected farm and be introduced to its staff – then you will officially be a working postgraduate.