The City of Cape Town encourages Grade 12 learners and students who are pursuing studies in expert fields such as accounting, nursing, engineering, information and systems technology; business sciences and sustainable energy engineering to apply for financial support. The assistance is offered for studies in 2020, and those interested should apply by 19 September this year.The City is offering financial support to aspiring and existing students who are residing in the greater Cape Metropolitan area. The support is for full-time studies. All applicants need to be registered; and must pursue further studies towards an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or diploma in one of the approved City scarce skills fields of study for 2020.The City will consider applications for studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT); University of Cape Town (UCT); University of the Western Cape (UWC); and the University of Stellenbosch (US). “The City is committed to offering growth and development opportunities to our young residents. The financial support is pivotal for those who cannot fulfil their full potential because they simply do not have the means to support themselves and pay for further education and training,” said the Mayco member for corporate services, Sharon Cottle.She added that the ultimate aim of financing students is to allow them to improve their lives. “The academic financial support we offer to young residents and City staff is key to the City’s skills and development programme. Other opportunities include job shadowing, graduate internship programmes, learnerships and apprenticeships, as well as skills development programmes.”The City’s long-term strategy determines what type of expertise are needed to promote and develop residents and their own personnel. One of the considerations has been to equip the municipality with the necessary skills to use 4IR (fourth industrial revolution) technologies in the future.Each year, the City awards external financial support to approximately 50 applicants for formal studies in areas that have been identified by the City’s directorates. Apart from catering to the technological demands of the future, it is essential that the City also invests in expertise which provides the essential basic services that maintain a well-run and healthy city. Therefore, residents with knowledge of and skills in nursing, contract management, fleet management, accounting, as well as library and information science will remain in demand. The application and documentation can be found at one of the City’s libraries or at the City’s human resource employment counters at the Civic Centre, Brackenfell, Helderberg, South Peninsula, Bellville, or Parow municipal offices. Submit the application by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop it at one of the venues listed: . BCom management accounting; . BCom accounting; . Chartered institute of management accountants’ qualifications (CIMA); . Accounting (CA and cost management); . Contract management (design and implementation); . Fleet management; . Nursing (medical specialist); . Industrial engineering; . B degree in library and information science; . Postgraduate diploma in library and information science; . BSc computer science; . BSc electrical engineering; . BSc industrial engineering; . MSc data science; . MSc sustainable energy engineering; . B business science; . Information and systems technology.The closing date for all applications is Thursday 19 September. V For further information visit www.capetown.gov.za/careers or email@example.com, or call the City’s human resources service desk on 086 010 3089.