SPECCON:AGRI-SETA LEARNERSHIPS

FARMING NQF 2

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION

A learner assessed as competent against this qualification will be able to perform the necessary technical skills within the context of either agronomy, horticulture or animal husbandry as applicable to the agricultural commodity. The learner will be able to operate as part of the operational team.

In the case of the farm owner, the learner will be able to execute basic business skills and develop as a Small, Micro and Medium Enterprise.

In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agricultural commodities, or to strive towards agricultural standards and practice at higher levels.

Competent qualifying learners in this qualification will produce quality agricultural products whereby enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.

Rationale for the Qualification

The range of typical learners that will enter this qualification will vary and includes:

School leavers wishing to enter the primary agricultural sector;
Complete novices wishing to enter the primary agricultural sector, i.e. individuals who are beneficiaries of the land reform processes;
Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, which will be assessed through Recognition of Prior Learning; and
Learners may come from both genders.
The learner will engage in all farming activities relevant to farming operations within a specific context, namely horticulture, agronomy and animal husbandry. The farming activities will be determined by the agricultural commodity, which is produced.

National processes such as the land reform processes and the acquisition of land by individuals who were previously excluded from such land ownership created a huge need in terms of relevant training. Individuals will benefit from such learning as they will receive entrance into a career path where they will be enabled to generate their own income either by establishing their own farming operation or be employed as farm operators.

In many cases, communities will benefit from such endeavours as agricultural commodities will be available within a specific community. Furthermore, the opportunity to trade commodities in joining SADC countries, could be explored


PLANT PRODUCTION NQF 1

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION

This qualification is registered at level 3 on the National Qualification Framework. It provides learners with the opportunity to obtain competence in broad fruit packing and grading processes and practices, namely receiving, handling, packing, storing, grading and dispatching of fruit and provides opportunity for learners to grow in this specific field.

The learner will be able to integrate supervisory knowledge and skills with those specific to the fruit packing industry, ensuring the business they operate in is running smoothly. It also enables the learner to use competencies, which will facilitate growth of the business.

The qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitude required to progress further in the industry. The intention is to release the potential of people, in order for them to grow, develop and become more competent workers. This qualification will furthermore add value to the individuals, their workplace and the economy as a whole.

Rationale for the Qualification

This qualification is aimed at people who are working in the fruit packing industry or who would like to start a career in the industry. It is aimed at formalising the skills required in the fruit packing industry to facilitate career pathing and to provide access to new entrants. Learners at lower levels will obtain the necessary skills and competencies through skills programs. The qualification provides learners with access to advanced learning in specialised areas within the fruit packing and processing industry. It also provides learners with the necessary background knowledge and skills to be portable within other industries.

Through the above the qualification will address one of the key priorities of the Department of Labour in the reduction of unemployment and under employment. It will assist in creating job opportunities and to create a better nation at large.


FARMING NQF 1

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare the qualifying learner to practice as a farmer in the farming field of the farmers choice, be it agronomy, horticulture, animal husbandry or a combination of any of the mentioned fields.

This qualification reflects the needs of farming in South Africa both now and in the future: it gibes accessibility and flexibility to the learner and the employed. The level of flexibility reflects the multiple job roles, organisational requirements and changing technological nature of the agricultural industry and at the same time, it allows the individual to work towards a national recognised qualification.


FRUIT PACKING AND GRADING PROCESSES NQF 3

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION

This qualification is registered at level 3 on the National Qualification Framework. It provides learners with the opportunity to obtain competence in broad fruit packing and grading processes and practices, namely receiving, handling, packing, storing, grading and dispatching of fruit and provides opportunity for learners to grow in this specific field.

The learner will be able to integrate supervisory knowledge and skills with those specific to the fruit packing industry, ensuring the business they operate in is running smoothly. It also enables the learner to use competencies, which will facilitate growth of the business.

The qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge, values and attitude required to progress further in the industry. The intention is to release the potential of people, in order for them to grow, develop and become more competent workers. This qualification will furthermore add value to the individuals, their workplace and the economy as a whole.

Rationale for the Qualification

This qualification is aimed at people who are working in the fruit packing industry or who would like to start a career in the industry. It is aimed at formalising the skills required in the fruit packing industry to facilitate career pathing and to provide access to new entrants. Learners at lower levels will obtain the necessary skills and competencies through skills programs. The qualification provides learners with access to advanced learning in specialised areas within the fruit packing and processing industry. It also provides learners with the necessary background knowledge and skills to be portable within other industries.

Through the above the qualification will address one of the key priorities of the Department of Labour in the reduction of unemployment and under employment. It will assist in creating job opportunities and to create a better nation at large


Plant Production NQF 4

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION

The purpose of this qualification is to allow Supervisors to progress towards a Junior Farm Manager position with specific reference to Plant Production. The contexualised purpose and usage of the qualification is as follows:

A learner assessed against this qualification will have the necessary competence to manage Supervisors and working teams, performing the agricultural processes as applicable to Plant production in a range of Plant Production taking responsibility for the quality and quantity of outputs.
The Learner will be able to take complete responsibility for her/his own actions and also take responsibility for supervising others at lower levels within an Plant Production context under broad guidance and evaluation.
Competency will be gained in any of the specialized sub-fields of Plant Production as specified under Areas Of Specialization (i.e. Vegetables, Fruit Production, Hydroponics, etc.) with a strong focus on management.
The learner will be able to take responsible decisions within a wide range based on a sound understanding of the basic principles of agri-business and good agricultural practices, in meeting the set objectives and targets within the broader farm plan which includes the economical application of general resources, agricultural production and technical knowledge and skills, all in an Plant Production context.
The Learner will be able to oversee the implementation of a wide range of procedures and will be able to ensure the relevant safety, quality, hygiene and technical standards as applicable within the industry.
In addition to the above, the learner will be well positioned to extend learning and practice into other sub-fields such as Plant Production and Mixed Farming, since such efforts will only require additional learning within the elective scope of other qualifications at this level.
The learner will be well positioned to progress towards higher levels of Management and Technical production practices as defined by qualifications at the next level.
Learners will be enabled to actively participate in the Primary Agricultural Sector through the production of quality agricultural products, enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.
This qualification will allow qualifying learners to become economically active in farming practices that will have a direct impact on Local Economic Development through the production of food, the improvement of household food security and access to mainstream agriculture.
Finally, Learners will be able to guide and direct others in terms of the planning, implementation and control of development projects within a Plant Production context
.Rationale for the Qualification

The range of typical learners that will enter this qualification will vary and includes:

Farm operators who wish to progress to the level of junior farm manager;
Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, which will be assessed and RPL’ed;
School leavers (Gr. 12) from agricultural schools; and
Learners may come from both genders.
The learner will engage in farm management and operational activities relevant to Plant Production.

Requests and expressions of need for this qualification, coming from the broad, but also specific farming communities (Plant Production) forms the basis for the development of this qualification.

This qualification will form the basis for learners to extend their learning into more specialised areas of plant production and provides the basis of the establishment of sustainable farming operations through the inclusion of a wide spectrum of competencies required by farmers in South Africa. Whilst technical production orientated competencies are ensured, other aspects such as agri-business and good agricultural practices are included in the range of competencies required by farmers in order to enable them to strive towards agricultural management standards and practices at higher levels.

Competent qualifying learners in this qualification will oversee quality agricultural products in Plant Production whereby enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.


Mixed Farming Systems NQF 1

PURPOSE OF THE QUALIFICATION

The purpose of this qualification is to allow new entrants access to the Primary Agricultural Sector with specific reference to Mixed Farming Systems. The contexualised purpose and usage of the qualification is as follows:

A learner assessed against this qualification will have the necessary competence to participate as part of a working team, performing the agricultural processes as applicable to Plant and Animal Production as required for a mixed farming system in a closely defined context and under close supervision.
Competency will be gained in a combination of the sub-fields of Plant and Animal Production as specified under Areas Of Specialization (i.e. Small Stock, Large Stock as well as Vegetables, Fruit Production, Hydroponics, etc.)
The learner will be able to take responsible decisions within a limited range based on a sound understanding of the basic principles of agri-business and good agricultural practices, in meeting the set objectives and targets within the broader farm plan which includes the economical application of general resources, agricultural production and technical knowledge and skills, all in a Mixed Farming context.
The Learner will be able to carry out repetitive procedures in a predictable environment and will be able to adhere to the relevant safety, quality, hygiene and technical standards as applicable within the industry.
In addition to the above, the learner will be well positioned to extend learning and practice into other sub-fields such as Plant Production and Animal Production, since such efforts will only require additional learning within the elective scope of other qualifications at this level.
The learner will be well positioned to progress towards higher levels of Management and Technical production practices as defined by qualifications at the next level.
Learners will be enabled to actively participate in the Primary Agricultural Sector through the production of quality agricultural products, enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.
Finally, this qualification will allow qualifying learners to become economically active in farming practices that will have a direct impact on Local Economic Development through the production of food, the improvement of household food security and access to mainstream agriculture.
RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION

This qualification provides learners the opportunity to gain a qualification in Mixed Farming Systems (Plant- and Animal Production). The range of typical learners that will enter this qualification will vary and includes:

New entrants in farming who wish to progress to the level of Junior Labourer within farming operations in Mixed Farming Systems;
New entrants that wish to enter the sector as farmers;
Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, which will be assessed and RPL’ed;
Possible candidates for promotion identified by the community as leaders.
Learners may come from both genders.


Animal Production NQF 2

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION

The purpose of this qualification is to allow new entrants access to the Primary Agricultural Sector with specific reference to Animal Production. The contexualised purpose and usage of the qualification is as follows:

A learner assessed against this qualification will have the necessary competence to participate as part of a working team, performing the agricultural processes as applicable to animal production in a closely defined context and under close supervision.


Competency will be gained in any of the specialized sub-fields of Animal Production as specified under Areas Of Specialization (i.e. Small stock, Large Stock, Dairy Production, Aqua Culture, etc.)


The learner will be able to take responsible decisions within a limited range based on a sound understanding of the basic principles of agri-business and good agricultural practices, in meeting the set objectives and targets within the broader farm plan which includes the economical application of general resources, agricultural production and technical knowledge and skills, all in an Animal Production context.


The Learner will be able to carry out repetitive procedures in a predictable environment and will be able to adhere to the relevant safety, quality, hygiene and technical standards as applicable within the industry.
In addition to the above, the learner will be well positioned to extend learning and practice into other sub-fields such as Plant Production and Mixed Farming, since such efforts will only require additional learning within the elective scope of other qualifications at this level.


The learner will be well positioned to progress towards higher levels of Management and Technical production practices as defined by qualifications at the next level.


Learners will be enabled to actively participate in the Primary Agricultural Sector through the production of quality agricultural products, enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.
Finally, this qualification will allow qualifying learners to become economically active in farming practices that will have a direct impact on Local Economic Development through the production of food, the improvement of household food security and access to mainstream agriculture
Rationale for the Qualification

This qualification provides learners the opportunity to gain a qualification in Animal Production. The range of typical learners that will enter this qualification will vary and includes:

New entrants in farming who wish to progress to the level of Junior Labourer within farming operations in Animal Husbandry;
New entrants that wishes to enter the sector as farmers;
Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, which will be assessed and RPL’ed;
Possible candidates for promotion identified by the community as leaders.
Learners may come from both genders.


Mixed Farming Systems NQF 2

PURPOSE OF THE QUALIFICATION


The purpose of this qualification is to allow new entrants access to the Primary Agricultural Sector with specific reference to Mixed Farming Systems. The contexualised purpose and usage of the qualification is as follows:

A learner assessed against this qualification will have the necessary competence to participate as part of a working team, performing the agricultural processes as applicable to Plant and Animal Production as required for a mixed farming system in a closely defined context and under close supervision.
Competency will be gained in a combination of the sub-fields of Plant and Animal Production as specified under Areas Of Specialization (i.e. Small Stock, Large Stock as well as Vegetables, Fruit Production, Hydroponics, etc.)
The learner will be able to take responsible decisions within a limited range based on a sound understanding of the basic principles of agri-business and good agricultural practices, in meeting the set objectives and targets within the broader farm plan which includes the economical application of general resources, agricultural production and technical knowledge and skills, all in a Mixed Farming context.


The Learner will be able to carry out repetitive procedures in a predictable environment and will be able to adhere to the relevant safety, quality, hygiene and technical standards as applicable within the industry.
In addition to the above, the learner will be well positioned to extend learning and practice into other sub-fields such as Plant Production and Animal Production, since such efforts will only require additional learning within the elective scope of other qualifications at this level.
The learner will be well positioned to progress towards higher levels of Management and Technical production practices as defined by qualifications at the next level.


Learners will be enabled to actively participate in the Primary Agricultural Sector through the production of quality agricultural products, enhancing the overall agricultural process and gain opportunities to access local, national and international agricultural markets.
Finally, this qualification will allow qualifying learners to become economically active in farming practices that will have a direct impact on Local Economic Development through the production of food, the improvement of household food security and access to mainstream agriculture.

RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION;


This qualification provides learners the opportunity to gain a qualification in Mixed Farming Systems (Plant- and Animal Production). The range of typical learners that will enter this qualification will vary and includes:

New entrants in farming who wish to progress to the level of Junior Labourer within farming operations in Mixed Farming Systems;
New entrants that wishes to enter the sector as farmers;
Learners in possession of different levels of practical experience in farming operations, which will be assessed and RPL’ed;
Possible candidates for promotion identified by the community as leaders.
Learners may come from both genders.

How to Apply;

https://training.elearning.co.za/recruit/register

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