Bursaries address skills shortage

2020-02-05 06:00

The retail group Shoprite has opened bursary applications for the 2020 academic year for students studying scarce skills programmes.

This includes courses in Information Technology (IT), Chartered Accounting, Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Pharmacy and Retail Business Management.

Applications from IT and Data Engineering students are especially sought after, given the critical skills shortage in this sector.

Comprehensive bursaries are awarded to assist with tuition, books and accommodation fees.

Each bursary comes with a work-back agreement, which would see the successful applicant ensured a job opportunity upon graduation.

As a leading employer in South Africa, with more than 147 000 employees, the group offers individuals jobs at its various offices across Africa, as well as opportunities such as those offered through its data science academy apprenticeship programme.

During the 2019 academic year, over R17 million in bursaries was awarded to 282 students.

These include 178 women, 210 previously disadvantaged students and 59 students from other African countries.

Visit the Shoprite Holdings website to apply for a bursary for the 2020 academic year.

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