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Bursaries for Western Cape Students from Disadvantaged Communities

Students from disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape have until the end of this month (October) to apply to the Association for Educational Transformation (ASSET) for bursary & educational and financial support during 2015.

The support will enable them to study, and ultimately find jobs.

ASSET offers two core programmes, one that offers bursaries and the other that offers a learner development programme. Both of these used to be run by the South African Institute of Race Relations in the Western Cape but have been under the auspices of ASSET for the past 11 years. ASSET is a non-profit non-governmental organisation that does what it can to offer educational opportunities in the form of bursaries for Western Cape students from what are known to be disadvantaged communities.

The ASSET Bursary Programme for Western Cape.

Originally established in 1972, the ASSET Bursary Programme gives matriculants much needed financial assistance so that they can apply to study at Western Cape tertiary institutions. The Association is supported by donations and able to help about 500 disadvantaged students every year.

The bursaries themselves vary, and relate to all South Africa’s Skills Education Training Authorities (SETAs), which gives successful candidates an excellent opportunity to further their skills. Generally the finance offered will cover a portion of tuition costs as well as a budget for buying books. Many students then raise loans through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to cover the costs of accommodation in hostels and the shortfall that is not covered by the bursary. ASSET is in partnership with NSFAS and so can help initiate and generate these loans.

As ASSET says in its website, this partnership enables them to offer loan packages “to cover their needs and to help more students than would otherwise be possible.” They also identify the fact that students who get bursaries are encouraged, if not forced, to take responsibility for a portion of the cost of their education. This is seen as an advantage.

Impact of NSFAS on Bursaries for Western Cape Students from Disadvantaged Communities

NSFAS is willing to give a 40 percent rebate to students who take loans and then pass all the courses that they take. Further, the loans are only repayable once the student who took the loan has been employed.

The Learner Development Programme

This programme has been developed to help learners who come from disadvantaged communities achieve full potential when they go to school. The key is that if they can do this, they are more likely to get access to some decent form of higher education and ultimately become employed.

Essentially the LDP aims to provide support, skills and content in the main subjects studied at schools so that the understanding and performance of learners will be improved. They also aim to help students improve their language skills and ultimately find a learning path that will result in a meaningful career.

Rather than offering financial assistance, this programme offers education, it is related to the ETDP SETA specifically in:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Maths literacy
  • Physical and life sciences
  • Accounting
  • Economics

Classes are held on Saturdays, and all the tutors are qualified subject specialists who are experienced in teaching their own particular subject.

There is also a Grade 11 programme that involves job shadowing, open days and motivational camps. They also have spring and winter schools and a number of other initiatives.

Go to ASSET’s website to apply for assistance.

Six Bursary Options Now on Offer From RCL Foods in KZN

Food giant, RCL Foods in Westville, KwaZulu-Natal, has six bursary options up for grabs this month. They are in the fields of marketing, finance, engineering and agriculture, and will give you the opportunity to get a job in these fields at RCL. Applications for all of these bursaries close on October 31.

The RCL Foods Bursary Scheme has been set up to create a “feeder pipeline” into the company’s Management Trainee Programme and it is a key element of their Talent Acquisition Strategy. RCL Foods Limited is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and incorporates a number of smaller Pty (Ltd) companies – Food Corp, Rainbow Farms, TSB Sugar RSA, and Vector Logistics. Their stated mission is to build a huge African food business that will create a value chain that is sustainable and offers “compelling” food brands. They boast a “one company” philosophy and have already achieved a market capitalization of more than R14-billion. They also employ more than 19,000 people.

The RCL Foods Bursary Scheme

RCL Foods has declared a commitment to its employees and their training, recognising that people are the most vital resource for the company and its continued growth.

The bursary scheme has been set up primarily to assist the children of permanent RCL Foods’ employees who want to get a recognised post-matriculation qualification. However they will also consider “CSI students” and “external bursars”, in terms of their equity policy. This states that the company will “promote from within wherever possible” and consider internal applicants before they review external candidates.

RCL Foods’ bursaries are available in all parts of the country and not just in KZN. They apply to several different Sector Training and Education Authorities (SETAs) including:

This makes the bursaries one of the best options for Grade 12 learners who don’t currently have the basic skills to find employment in these fields.

RCL Foods Bursary Options

There are currently six bursary options available from RCL Foods. They will enable successful applicants to study:

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Supply Chain
  • Agriculture

All bursaries are for full-time undergraduate study that will result in a Bachelor of Technology or other degree. The bursary only covers qualifications that are accredited by SAQA. However the company will also consider post-graduate studies, particularly in areas where “scarce skills shortage” is recognized, although this will depend on the merits of each case, as well as fund availability. Only applicants achieving aggregates of at least 60 percent will be considered.

The funding of all bursaries is for one year only, although they will be re-evaluated annually and may be extended if academic performance is up to scratch. Bursaries cover registration, tuition and examination fees, as well as books required, and will be paid to the learning institution, not the student. Accommodation, clothing and other living expenses are expressly not covered. Successful applicants will be required to sign contractual agreements for the same period of time as their studies.

RCL Foods have a comprehensive Employment Equity Policy that has been set up to provide opportunities for a range of employees across the spectrum, incorporating people of all cultures and race, any background, either gender, and of all ages. The company is determined to equalize employee opportunities and erase all forms of discrimination. It will also make certain that there is ongoing consultation and engagement with employment equity committees regarding issues that relate to diversity in the workplace.

While these policies and strategies obviously favor the families of current RCL Foods employees, the bursary options available do provide opportunities for a small number of outsiders.

Fasset Seta for Finance and Accounting Services

Fasset (the Seta for Finance and Accounting Services) is continuously striving to introduce innovative interventions to address the scarce skills need in its sector in a very real way.

“Our Board is starting to think more broadly in terms of how we can influence skills development at a broader level. The Fasset bursary is a case in point. Since recipients of Fasset bursaries are available to the entire economy when they qualify, the Fasset bursary scheme does not offer a direct benefit to the Fasset sector. Our Board recognises, however, that Fasset plays a skills incubator role for the entire economy,” says Fasset CEO, Cheryl James.

Responding to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande’s call to Setas in 2013 to supplement the shortfall in National Student Financial Aid (NSFAS) funding, the Fasset Board decided, in May 2013, to allocate surplus funds to a Fasset bursary managed by NSFAS.

Fasset allocated almost R70m in funding in 2013 and 1 014 learners benefitted. An additional R60m was allocated in 2014. “At this point in time, we cannot confirm the exact number of beneficiaries for the current financial year, as some learners still need to sign their Fasset bursary contracts, James explains.

She describes the process of identifying worthy bursary recipients as very efficient. “As soon as we had signed our Memorandum of Agreement in July 2013, NSFAS started identifying candidates at universities throughout South Africa, who met Fasset’s scarce and critical skills requirements,” James recalls.

Fasset asked NSFAS to identify learners, who were either in their third or fourth year of study and to give these candidates preference. Thereafter, if funds were still available, preference should be given to candidates in their second year. If any funding remained, bursaries would be offered to first year students.

NSFAS submitted its proposed list of candidates to Fasset for approval in October. “All of the candidates approved for Fasset bursaries are completing undergraduate B Com degrees in scarce or critical skills areas,” she informs. The amount of Seta discretionary funding that is available in any given year is determined on an annual basis and is based on Skills Development Levy income.

As a result, learners with existing Fasset bursaries must reapply for a Fasset bursary on an annual basis: “I would like to reassure learners that if they do well and were part of our bursary scheme in the previous year, they are eligible to re-apply, and will be given preference in bursary allocations in the following year.”

A number of Setas have responded to Minister Nzimande’s call for additional NSFAS funding and have also responded by offering NSFAS administered Seta bursaries. “However, unlike many of the other Seta bursary offerings, there are no strings attached to Fasset’s bursary. Beneficiaries are not required to work for Fasset, nor for any Fasset employer, in order to repay their bursary,” she assures.

Although Fasset bursaries are not linked to employment opportunities, James urges recipients to avail themselves of the myriad of opportunities available to them after they graduate. Many of these opportunities are posted on Fasset’s Facebook page.

“Fasset employers post learnership and internship opportunities on Fasset’s Facebook page on a regular basis. There are also opportunities to apply for Fasset-funded bridging programmes into employment. By providing some of the soft skills required for workplace success, unemployed graduates are transformed into attractive prospective employees. Placement rates for these programmes attest to this fact,” James observes.

The Fasset Board will hold its annual strategic planning session in July 2014. “By supporting our Minister’s appeal for additional Seta funding for NSFAS, we have been able to make a positive difference in many learners’ lives. Hopefully, our Board will approve another round of funding for NSFAS administered Fasset bursaries,” James concludes.

Fasset (the Seta for Finance and Accounting Services) is continuously striving to introduce innovative interventions to address the scarce skills need in its sector in a very real way.

“Our Board is starting to think more broadly in terms of how we can influence skills development at a broader level. The Fasset bursary is a case in point. Since recipients of Fasset bursaries are available to the entire economy when they qualify, the Fasset bursary scheme does not offer a direct benefit to the Fasset sector. Our Board recognises, however, that Fasset plays a skills incubator role for the entire economy,” says Fasset CEO, Cheryl James.

Responding to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande’s call to Setas in 2013 to supplement the shortfall in National Student Financial Aid (NSFAS) funding, the Fasset Board decided, in May 2013, to allocate surplus funds to a Fasset bursary managed by NSFAS.

Fasset allocated almost R70m in funding in 2013 and 1 014 learners benefitted. An additional R60m was allocated in 2014. “At this point in time, we cannot confirm the exact number of beneficiaries for the current financial year, as some learners still need to sign their Fasset bursary contracts, James explains.

She describes the process of identifying worthy bursary recipients as very efficient. “As soon as we had signed our Memorandum of Agreement in July 2013, NSFAS started identifying candidates at universities throughout South Africa, who met Fasset’s scarce and critical skills requirements,” James recalls.

Fasset asked NSFAS to identify learners, who were either in their third or fourth year of study and to give these candidates preference. Thereafter, if funds were still available, preference should be given to candidates in their second year. If any funding remained, bursaries would be offered to first year students.

NSFAS submitted its proposed list of candidates to Fasset for approval in October. “All of the candidates approved for Fasset bursaries are completing undergraduate B Com degrees in scarce or critical skills areas,” she informs. The amount of Seta discretionary funding that is available in any given year is determined on an annual basis and is based on Skills Development Levy income.

As a result, learners with existing Fasset bursaries must reapply for a Fasset bursary on an annual basis: “I would like to reassure learners that if they do well and were part of our bursary scheme in the previous year, they are eligible to re-apply, and will be given preference in bursary allocations in the following year.”

A number of Setas have responded to Minister Nzimande’s call for additional NSFAS funding and have also responded by offering NSFAS administered Seta bursaries. “However, unlike many of the other Seta bursary offerings, there are no strings attached to Fasset’s bursary. Beneficiaries are not required to work for Fasset, nor for any Fasset employer, in order to repay their bursary,” she assures.

Although Fasset bursaries are not linked to employment opportunities, James urges recipients to avail themselves of the myriad of opportunities available to them after they graduate. Many of these opportunities are posted on Fasset’s Facebook page.

“Fasset employers post learnership and internship opportunities on Fasset’s Facebook page on a regular basis. There are also opportunities to apply for Fasset-funded bridging programmes into employment. By providing some of the soft skills required for workplace success, unemployed graduates are transformed into attractive prospective employees. Placement rates for these programmes attest to this fact,” James observes.

The Fasset Board will hold its annual strategic planning session in July 2014. “By supporting our Minister’s appeal for additional Seta funding for NSFAS, we have been able to make a positive difference in many learners’ lives. Hopefully, our Board will approve another round of funding for NSFAS administered Fasset bursaries,” James concludes.

Contact FASSET HERE

Mintek: Bursary 2015

Closing Date: 31 July 2015

The aim of Mintek’s Undergraduate Bursary Programme is primarily to ensure a steady supply of trained and highly skilled technical people to meet a major portion of Mintek’s operational, research, and development manpower intake needs, and also to provide appropriately-skilled graduates to the broader South African minerals and metallurgy sector, as per Mintek’s Mission Statement.

Qualifications For Bursary

Mintek has a strong interest in students who intend to pursue / are currently pursuing undergraduate degrees, honors degrees or B.Tech diplomas in the following fields:

Chemistry (Analytical or Geochemistry)

Chemical Engineering (Minerals Processing option)

Electrical Engineering (Process Control Systems or Electronics)

Geology (majoring in Mineralogy, Petrology, Applied Geology or Economic Geology)

Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Mining Engineering

Physical Metallurgy / Materials Science

Physics

Unfortunately Mintek does not provide bursaries to students studying towards their National Diplomas or students at year one (first year) of their study programme.

Requirements For Bursary

At University currently: Studying towards any of the above-mentioned degrees with an overall average of 60% and no failed courses or subjects.

Must be a South African citizen.

Must meet the university entry requirements and be accepted at a recognized South African university for full-time studies.

Postgraduate Bursary Programme

Mintek’s Postgraduate Bursary Programme further equips undergraduates through the development of research methodology skills at the Masters level, followed by the generation of original research that contributes new knowledge to a field at the Doctoral level.

Qualifications For Bursary

Mintek has a strong interest in students who intend to pursue / are currently pursuing postgraduate degrees or diplomas in the following fields:

Catalysis

Chemistry (Analytical or Geochemistry)

Extractive Metallurgy (Pyrometallurgy or Hydrometallurgy, including Bio- hydrometallurgy)

Fuel Cells

Geology (Mineralogy, Petrology, Applied Geology or Economic Geology)

Mechanical Engineering

Minerals Processing

Mining Engineering

Mining-Focused Environmental Compliance

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Physical Metallurgy

Physics

Precious Metal-Based drug Discovery

Process Control Systems or Electronics (Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering)

Requirements For Bursary

Studying towards any of the fields above with an overall average of 60% and no failed courses or subjects.

Must be a South African citizen.

Must meet the university entry requirements and be accepted at a recognised South African university as a full-time student.

A detailed outline (approx. 500 words) of your proposed research project. If you have not decided on a specific research project, give a general outline of you intended field of study.

A recommendation (approx. 500 words) from your university supervisor, including his / her assessment of your academic achievements, your capabilities as a researcher and your proposed research project.

Requirements

Curriculum vitae.

Certified copy of proof of identity (ID or passport).

Certified copies of Matric certificate and official university transcript / certificates / registration

Stefanutti Stocks: Bursary 2015

Closing Date: 31 July 2014

Location: Johannesburg

Content

We look for individuals who are achievement driven, passionate and distinctive by thinking and ready to accept new and greater challenges including working away from home and on site conditions. Our bursary programme offers financial aid for students as well as experiential learning on sites all over the country and possibly in Africa.

Field Of Study

B.Sc or B.Tech in:

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Construction Management

Quantity Surveying

Business Science

Requirements

South African citizens studying Full Time at a South African university Grade 12 results with a minimum of 70% average in HG English, Core Mathematics / HG Physical Science.

Maintenance of 65% minimum average in each academic year completed at tertiary level. (Academic results to accompany all applications).

CV as an attachment.

Certified copy of your Grade 12 results, and Full tertiary academic record

Certified copy of your ID

Letter of motivation

Letter of good standing from the university