What is the AETP?

The Agri Export Technologist Programme offers high-potential, disadvantaged graduates the opportunity to gain a head-start in their agri-export technology career, while receiving an accredited qualification national certificate: Perishable Product Technology ( SAQA ID: 5834; NQF Level 5 ).

Developing Young Talent

Substantial investment is made in developing young talent through the AETP Training Opportunity.

During this 12 month career development opportunity, successful candidates are placed at inspection-points in various regions under the mentorship of PPECB specialists. There they are exposed to quality assurance practices applicable to specific perishable products ( i.e. citrus, grapes, etc.).

Accredited facilitators  provide formal theoretical training on:

  • Export legislation and certification
  • Factors influencing export
  • Food safety
  • Product knowledge
  • Cold chain management
  • Total quality management systems and viability
  • Recent innovations

Do I qualify?

  • Are you in possession of a completed 3-year national qualification (minimum) in one of the following fields:
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Food Technology
    • Environmental Health
  • Do you have a strong academic history?
  • Do you have strong interpersonal skills?
  • Are you competent in the use of the English language?
  • Are you currently unemployed?

*A nominal amount is provided in the form of a stipend to assist with the student’s costs

*Students are placed close to where they reside; however due to the seasonal nature of the industry out-placement can be required.

What happens once I have completed the AETP?

Valuable, on-the-job exposure is highly beneficial when applying for vacancies, whether at PPECB or in the industry. Although completing the AETP does not guarantee employment it does strengthen your chances of finding a job.

How do I apply for the AETP programme?

The application window opens on 1 October annually and closes on 1 December.Shortlisting takes place during December every year and short-listed candidates are invited to attend interviews during January and February. Candidates are notified if they have been successful or not during March and successful students start on 1 April every year.

Applications received after the closing date will be reviewed for the next annual intake.