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Purpose of the Programme:

  1. To empower individuals from previously disadvantaged communities through the gaining of experience and obtaining a formal qualification.
  2. To produce qualifies and trained professionals for the Department of Agriculture: Western Cape

After successful completion of the programme, participants will:

  1. Have gained valuable research experience
  2. Be in the possession of a Masters Qualification
  3. Be empowered to pursue a career within the department
  4. Have contributed to the knowledge resource of the department

Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be South African citizens. Although not a prerequisite a special effort is made to involve females in the programmes.
  2. Applicants must in possession of a relevant Degree or Honours Degree which qualifies them to study a Masters qualification.
  3. Applicants must show proof of admission (provisional admission) to a higher education institution where the applied filed of study is offered.
  4. Applicants must have the ability to complete the programme and plan to pursue a career within Agriculture.
  5. Applicants must complete all the relevant Young Professional Persons Programme application forms.
  6. Successful candidates will be expected to enter into a contractual agreement with the Department of Agriculture: Western Cape.

Nature of the Programme:
Participating candidates will be involved in a structure programme, which spans over three years. The programme which commences annually in February consists of three (simultaneous) phases namely:

Phase 1: Structured In-service training programme whereby participants will receive support from their mentors, supervisors, current participants on the programme and the human resource development department.

Phase 2: Participants will complete an independent research project which is conducted at the Department of Agriculture: WC and is completed in conjunction with the candidates relevant Tertiary Institution. The topic of the research project must be relevant to the Department of Agriculture: WC requirements.

Phase 3: During the programme participants will undergo an Individual Management Programme focusing on modules covering managerial skills such as project management, financial planning & budgeting, self management, human resource management, conflict management, time management, presentation skills, etc.

What are the benefits of the YPP programme?
Participants in the programmes will receive:

  1. An allowance/stipend
  2. Bursary covering registration, tuition fees, research material and prescribed books required by the University or University of Technology
  3. Access to research infrastructure
  4. Valuable research experience
  5. Exposure to attend strategic meetings and symposiums

Note:
After completion of the programme, participants will be expected to repay their bursary obligations in the form of employment in a suitable post within the Department.

The Pre- Young Professional Persons Programme

The Pre-Young Professional Persons Programme is a new initiative started by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture in 2009.

After successful completion of the programme, participants will:

  1. Have gained valuable research experience
  2. Be in the possession of a Honours Qualification
  3. Be empowered to pursue a career within the department
  4. Have contributed to the knowledge resource of the department
  5. Have the opportunity to progress onto the Young Professional Persons Programme

Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be South African citizens. Although not a prerequisite a special effort is made to involve females in the programmes.
  2. Applicants must in possession of a relevant Undergraduate Degree which qualifies them to study an Honours qualification.
  3. Applicants must show proof of admission (provisional admission) to a higher education institution where the applied filed of study is offered.
  4. Applicants must have the ability to complete the programme and plan to pursue a career within Agriculture.
  5. Applicants must complete all the relevant Pre-Young Professional Persons Programme application forms.
  6. Successful candidates will be expected to enter into a contractual agreement with the Department of Agriculture: Western Cape.

Nature of the Programme:
Participating candidates will be involved in a structure programme, which spans over two years. The programme which commences annually in February consists of two (simultaneous) phases namely:

Phase 1: Structured workplace experience programme whereby participants will receive support from their mentors, supervisors, current participants on the programme and the human resource development department.

Phase 2: Participants will complete their academic programme with the relevant Tertiary Institution.

What are the benefits of the Pre-YPP programme?
Participants in the programmes will receive:

  1. An allowance/stipend
  2. Bursary covering registration, tuition fees and prescribed books required by the University or University of Technology
  3. Access to research infrastructure
  4. Valuable research experience
  5. Exposure to attend strategic meetings and symposiums
  6. The opportunity to apply to the Young Professional Persons Programme

Note:
After completion of the programme, participants will be expected to repay their bursary obligations in the form of employment in a suitable post within the Department.

 

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