What is interns?
Internship is an on-the-job training program for students who need up to a maximum of 12 months structured training for practical exposure to complete their Higher Education and Training (HET) or Further Education and Training (FET) studies. The program is for students who require practical experience in order to complete a qualification. The duration of the program is usually twelve (12) months.
Workplace Integrated Learning, or an internship as it is commonly referred to, is a program for which a tertiary student that is currently busy with his / her national diploma can apply for.
Since most tertiary institutions offering national diplomas in Animal Production, Crop Production, Mixed Farming or Agricultural Management requires that the student complete 2 years theory and 1-year practical training in order to graduate.
Hygro offers full-time paid experiential training to qualifying students. Gaining hands-on experience while working in the agricultural industry, network with professionals in the agricultural sector and learning from some of the most experienced specialists in South Africa. The student will be exposed in all aspects of Farming, from the ground up to the business side of farming so they can be prepared to manage a farm one day.
How it works?
If you are a student, currently studying for a national diploma in a field of agriculture and you need to do your practical year, you are at the right place.
The first thing you will need to do is apply for workplace integrated learning, 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 Workplace Integrated Learning 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, you will be contacted to arrange a face-to-face interview with you. This interview will ultimately determine whether or not you will be accepted into the program, so prepare well.
If you are selected, we will notify you and inform you about the details. You will be provided with an induction date and venue. Your first week as an intern 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 a number of 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 the selected farm and be introduced to its staff – then you will officially be a working intern.