“R8 million in bursaries still available to assist students in need”
Thousands of the 455 753 matric learners qualifying for admission to tertiary institutions this year are in dire need of financial support in order to access one of the various post-school system opportunities available to them. Prospective students can look to the Shoprite Group, who still has approximately R8 million available for financial assistance from their extensive bursary programme.
Bursaries are awarded for scarce skills programmes such as Pharmacy and Chartered Accounting, along with qualifications such as Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Information Technology, Industrial Engineering, Hospitality, Retail Business Management and Marketing.
With limited space available at tertiary institutions, prospective students who achieved an average of more than 70% in matric, are urged to apply for one of the remaining bursaries by contacting their training institution’s bursary office for assistance.
Candidates may qualify for a bursary of up to R70 000 per annum which allows for registration fees, tuition, textbook and accommodation fees depending on the course of study and institution. Each bursary granted is linked to a work back agreement with Shoprite and in this way a bursary holder is assured of career prospects with South Africa’s largest private sector employer.
On successful completion of their studies, pharmacy students have employment opportunities within one of Shoprite’s 159 MediRite pharmacies throughout South Africa and the Group’s trainee management programme will aid retail business and hospitality management graduates in preparing them to become store managers.
Chartered Accountant (CA) field candidates can be placed within Shoprite’s South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) approved CA training programme to complete their internship as article clerks. The Logistics and Industrial Engineering graduates programme train managers for positions within one of the Group’s 20 distribution centres, whilst the IT and Marketing Trainee programmes assist graduates to gain the necessary specialised workplace experience.
The Shoprite Group recognises the enormous value of investing in opportunities for young people to obtain a qualification and acquire the necessary skills for gainful employment. A consistent employment generator, the Shoprite Group currently employs more than 136 000 people with 3134 jobs created during the last six months alone.
By providing bursaries to qualifying students, as well as educational loans and grants to its employees and their dependents, Shoprite aids and strengthens economic security and social welfare in the communities within which it trades.
The Group has already awarded 193 tertiary study bursaries to deserving candidates for the 2016 academic year. The Shoprite Group has also committed to financing more than 60 students for the National Certificate (Vocational) Wholesale and Retail qualification studying at the College of Cape Town, who will be offering this programme for the first time in 2016.