Recently 20 Chinese participants of the “Sino-German Trainee Programme 2017” arrived in Germany and were welcomed by Mr. Marc Friedrich and Ms. Nina Eichberg of the German Agricultural Association (DLG) on August 31st.
The Chinese young professionals will firstly participate in a 10-day group training in Germany, including: animal farm management seminars, training at DLG International Crop Production Center (IPZ) and DLG-Test Center, intercultural training, as well as visit German arable/dairy/pig farms, grain mill and agricultural machinery manufacturer. Through the combination of theory and practice, the trainees can get a more intuitive and in-depth understanding of the German agriculture, which also lays a good foundation for their succeeding 3 months independent and separate internship.
DLGâ€™s Training Department (DLG-Academy) and DLG China Office are responsible for coordinating the training arrangements in Germany and finding internship places for each trainee, according to their individual backgrounds. This year, the trainees will go to German companies and farms of different agricultural branches like agricultural machinery, animal husbandry, fruit and vegetable, seed, biogas, as well as to the professional farmer training and education institutions.
In March 2015, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany (BMEL) and the Ministry of Agriculture of China (MoA) agreed on the promotion of Sino-German Trainee Programme for Chinese young professions in the agricultural sector. DLG carries out the project independently in cooperation with the Center of International Cooperation Service, MoA (CICOS). The project aims to cultivate talents for Sino-German agricultural exchange and cooperation and to build long-term sustainable connection.
Up to now, the project has been implemented in 2015 and 2016 for two consecutive periods. Nearly 40 German agricultural enterprises have provided support for the project to help young Chinese agricultural talents to improve their cross-cultural communication skills and to open up their international perspective in the work practice, so that they could successfully fulfill the requirements of international management positions in the context of Sino-German agricultural cooperation in the future. After returning to China, the former trainees continue to maintain close contact with the German side, and some have also established very good cooperation.
Please view further information on the Kick-Off at DLG Test Centre in GroÃŸ-Umstadt here.