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Degree programme ambassadors (work-study programme)

Students who are about to graduate from their Bachelor’s degree courses give brief statements on the work-study course in Agriculture (in German).

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Work-study course in Agriculture (Weihenstephan) – next start date 01/07/2020

Since July 2011, the Agriculture bachelor's degree programme has been offered at the department in Weihenstephan as a work-study course. This study programme allows you to complete a bachelor's degree in Agriculture and vocational training in Agriculture within four and a half years. This course follows the programme plan for the Agriculture degree programme on which students graduate with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) after seven semesters.

Various key players in agricultural education contribute their special skills to the work-study course in Agriculture:

  • Training companies in Bavaria: Centre of Practical Training
  • Industry-wide training establishments: extension of practical training
  • Vocational school: specific preparation for the usual intermediate and final exam for vocational training in Agriculture
  • University: Centre for Theoretical Training (bachelor's degree in Agriculture)

These establishments offer the above-mentioned components of a concept which is coordinated in terms of content and time. This optimal use of time ensures high levels of achievement.

The aim of the Agriculture work-study course is to train future managers of agricultural companies and facilities in a wide range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Theory and practice are linked in a number of different ways. The work-study course places greater demands on students in terms of self-discipline and perseverance than a conventional study programme. It is therefore aimed at particularly motivated and goal-oriented students.

Work-study programme structure

One difference between the single Agriculture bachelor's programme and the work-study Agriculture course is that the latter involves a 15-month vocational training element. Students following the work-study course start their vocational training on 1 July and begin studying at Weihenstephan in the winter semester of the following year (1 October). The remaining nine months of vocational training take place during semester breaks and as part of the practical semester. Students following the work-study course must take regular intermediate exams and a final exam as part of the vocational training in Agriculture. The intermediate exams take place in the semester breaks between the first and second theory semesters. The final exam takes place during the practical semester (fourth semester).  The practical semester must not be spent at your own parent company. The total training period is 24 months during a period of approx. three years. Vocational training in Agriculture can be concluded as early as the end of the fourth semester.

After a further three theory semesters, students following the work-study course can conclude their Agriculture bachelor's degree programme as a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).

The sample timetable shows the exact time sequence for the combination of vocational training and university studies. The sample timetable name is based on the date on which training starts. This means that 'Musterzeitplan - Jahrgang 2020' relates to the students who start their vocational training on 01/07/2020.

Vocational training

Vocational training in the Agriculture work-study course covers all the major components of agricultural education that are a standard part of traditional vocational training in Agriculture. This means the 24-month practical training period includes training with a company, industry-wide training sessions and time spent at vocational schools. Vocational school sessions take place in summarised blocks.

Industry-wide training ("Überbetriebliche Ausbildung", ÜA)

Students following the work-study course attend standard industry-wide training sessions at the specialist educational institutions throughout Bavaria. All students following the work-study course take part in five industry-wide training sessions each during their training period. The sixth course (welding) takes place during the first theory semester at HSWT. All industry-wide training sessions are defined in the training agreement.

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Vocational school

Students do not attend vocational school during their training within a company. Weihenstephan students following the work-study course are put together in a separate special class. The lessons are customised to suit university-level education and are taught at Staatlichen Berufsschule Pfaffenhofen (The State Vocational School of Pfaffenhofen). There are nine weeks of block lessons spread throughout the entire vocational training period. Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences expressly encourages students to attend vocational school.

Training with a company

Vocational training in the Agriculture work-study course can be carried out with any recognised cooperating training company in Bavaria.  Vocational training in the Agriculture work-study course can be carried out with any recognised cooperating training company in Bavaria.

 

How do I find a training position?

  • You can call up the recognised training companies for careers in agriculture in Bavaria on the website of the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry:
    https://www.stmelf.bayern.de/abd/

  • The staff responsible for the work-study course in Agriculture can advise you about the course: Ms Graf, T +49 8161 71-6452, johanna.graf[at]hswt.de

Training remuneration/holiday entitlement

During vocational training with a company, students following the work-study course receive the standard training remuneration applicable for those training in Agriculture. Vocational school sessions and industry-wide training are part of the 24-month training period and are therefore paid for by the training company.

Students following the work-study course are entitled pro-rata to the standard defined holidays, based on the various training blocks.

Training agreement (Ausbildungsvertrag)

Building on the standard training agreement for Agriculture students, the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry offers a special training agreement. See under Documents for a sample agreement. You will also find a sheet of notes with exact training periods, attached to the sample agreement. You can only participate in the work-study course if you sign this special training agreement. The training company must send the training agreement in triplicate to the relevant Office for Food, Agriculture and Forestry. Students must send a copy of the registered training agreement to Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences as part of their application for a place on the work-study course. If registration is delayed and this is not your fault, please contact the Agriculture work-study course staff.  The application periods starts at the beginning of May and ends on 1 July in the year in which training is to start.

The training agreement(s) for the 24-month training period must be concluded before vocational training starts. If you are carrying out vocational training with two training companies, the first training agreement must also include the training period during the semester break for the first theory semester.

In exceptional cases, the second training agreement may be submitted later when enrolling for your university studies (September of the following year after training begins) (time limitation).

Cooperation agreement

A special agreement must be made to regulate the legal relationship between the training company and Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences. As with the sample training agreement, see 'Documents' for the cooperation agreement. This must be signed by the training company in duplicate and submitted to us by the student by 1 July of the application year at the latest.

Department

Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
Fakultät Nachhaltige Agrar- und Energiesysteme
Am Staudengarten 1
85354 Freising

T +49 8161-71-6402
F +49 8161-71-4496
ae[at]hswt.de

Contact

Examination regulation

Sample timetable

The sample timetable name is based on the date on which training starts. This means that 'Musterzeitplan – Jahrgang 2020' relates to the students who start their vocational training on 01/07/2020.

* subject to change