The Citrus Academy participates in relevant career and bursary fairs held across South Africa, to promote the industry as a whole, to create awareness about the job opportunities in the industry, and to inform students about the Citrus Academy Bursary Fund.
The PMA (Produce Marketing Association) Foundation hosts annual Agri-Food Career and Bursary fairs at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Pretoria, and more recently, at UKZN in Pietermaritzburg. Citrus Academy has been active in showcasing their services at these events since 2011.
Staff are met on the day with an enthusiastic crowd of school-leavers and university students keen to hear what the citrus industry has to offer them in terms of financial support (in the form of bursaries), as well as vacation work, internship programmes, and job opportunities once graduated. As students are often under the impression that working in the agricultural sector means working on a farm, Citrus Academy works hard to ensure that they are informed of the wide variety of job and career opportunities within this exciting, progressive industry.
The Citrus Academy Bursary Fund considers those students studying Plant Production, Agricultural Economics, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Horticulture, Agricultural Management, Microbiology, and Entomology. Successful bursary applicants are provided additional support while they are part of the Bursary Fund, in the form of experiential learning opportunities, such as vacation work, internships and opportunities to attend industry events, thus making the Citrus Academy Bursary Fund progressive in its own right and sought after by many students considering a career in the agricultural sector.
Thousands of students and scholars attend these events, making it an ideal opportunity for Citrus Academy to fulfil the objective of any agricultural career fair – namely to encourage young people to embrace agriculture. Informing them on the various opportunities provided within the citrus industry, students are encouraged to make a valuable contribution towards the well-being of our country.