SASOL Bursary Scheme
SASOL, established in 1950 and well known to be South Africa’s leading international integrated energy and chemicals company, is a premier source of learnership and bursary opportunities. The company also offers a large number of challenging opportunities relating to a range of different careers. The company is an employer of more than 35,000 people in more than 37 countries.
CAPTION: The SASOL logo was designed to show that the company is multi-faceted but has a stable core that is “a force greater than the sum of its parts”. Online the blue balls of the logo are constantly moving while the core remains solidly still.
The SASOL Bursary Scheme
SASOL bursaries are open to South African students who are studying engineering, commerce or science full time. Once students within the bursary scheme have completed their studies, and qualified, they may be given the opportunity to become an employee of the SASOL Group via the company’s Graduate Development Programme.
If students have already begun their studies, they must have passed all the courses for which they registered. The entry requirements specified by SASOL are specified for the three possible university degrees:
1. Bachelor of Engineering: chemical, electrical, electronic industrial, civil, mining, computer or mechanical. The required subjects and curriculum mark are maths (level 7), science (level 6), and English (level 5).
2. Bachelor of Science: chemistry (masters is compulsory), geology or metallurgy (honours is compulsory for both). The required subjects and curriculum mark are maths (level 7), science (level 6), and English (level 5).
3. Bachelor of Commerce: accounting (CA route). The required subjects and curriculum mark are maths and English (both level 5).
All students accepted into the SASOL Bursary scheme get their tuition fees, registration and examination fees, accommodation and books paid for. They also receive pocket money, meal allowances and get the opportunity to do work during vacations with a paid salary. In addition there are meal allowances and they also get a once-off PC allowance.
In addition to SASOL bursaries, the company also offers learnership opportunities. Learners joining this programme are trained in both safety standards and core skills that are associated with the operation and maintenance of SASOL plants. The aim of this scheme is to encourage job creation in South Africa and to promote the development of talent within the industry.
The company offers on-the-job learning opportunities that are backed by institutional or structural learning in the fields of boiler-making, chemical plant operations, electrical operations, fitting and turning, instrumentation, welding and rigging.
Entry requirements are:
- Grade 12 with “pure maths” HG or SG
- Grade 12 physical science HG or SG
- Grade 12 English OR / N3
- Certificate with maths, engineering science, business English and any two subjects passed
Anyone who receives a learnership from the company receives a monthly allowance together with workbooks, manuals, and all the necessary professional protective equipment (PPE). All applicants may apply online.
Most of the learners who participate in SASOL learnerships are given fulltime jobs at SASOL.
From School to Tertiary Studies
SASOL doesn’t only pay students to further their studies, the company is also supportive and offers advice. They know how difficult it can be – they also know that the skills that relate to engineering, science and commerce are covered by several of the country’s Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) and not just one.
Advice offered by SASOL to those wanting to participate in the bursary scheme includes:
- Taking things one step at a time.
- Focusing on your strengths.
- Learning to communicate with those around you – including fellow learners, students, teachers and others in the community.
- Appreciating how important it is to learn from ones mistakes.
Where to find the Application Form?
Applications for the next batch of SASOL bursaries open on January 1, 2015, and close on March 31, 2015. These will cover study in 2016.
Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme 2015
The Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme for basic teacher education is inviting bursary applications for 2015. These opened on 1st October and will close on 9th January, 2015.
The Department of Basic Education has announced that there will be about 3,500 new bursaries available next year. However the Department has advised that people applying to the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme for trainee teachers should also pursue other funding offers, because they cannot guarantee that every application will be successful. As they say, there are so many students who need financial assistance, it is important that applicants don’t pin their hopes on any single option.
About the Funza Lushaka Bursary Scheme
This is a programme that spans several years, allowing successful applicants to complete a full teaching qualification. Once bursary recipients have completed the course and obtained their teacher’s qualification, they will be expected to teach at a Government (public) school for as many years as the qualification took to complete. The Department of Basic Education points out that while graduates are allowed to choose in which province they work, they cannot choose specifically which school they will teach in.
The Funza Lushaka bursary is only awarded for single academic years, and then renewed if and when the student has passed. This means that even once an application has been approved, students need to continue applying annually, every October, until they have graduated. Re-applications for students already in the programme close on 15th November 2014 (before the new applications close).
Basic Education and Training in South Africa
Basic education and training is, of course, the backbone to skills development, which is a key requirement if there is to be any form of meaningful economic growth in South Africa any time soon. While the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) cover work sectors open to post school adults, it is the teachers of basic education who create the grounding for future employees to gain access to the country’s economic sector. This makes basic education and training a vital piece of the skills chain.
Funka Lushaka has published a booklet that explains just how teaching makes a difference in the lives of our children. Called Information Guide on Initial Teacher Education, (you can find the link at the bottom of the page) it emphasises that teaching is “a noble profession” that demands commitment, perseverance, passion, tolerance and dedication. Ultimately teaching, it says, offers an opportunity to mould and nurture the minds of young, growing children, and to help them develop life skills that will enable them to achieve success later on in life.
Who Can Become a Teacher
The Department has pinpointed a range of possibilities, from learners who about to complete Grade 12, to academically gifted people who have already left school but who are currently unemployed. Graduates who want to get a teaching qualification in addition to the degree they already have would also fit the bill, as would people who want to change their career and start teaching.
Generally they are looking for “young” people, and they are open about the fact that candidates from rural areas and/or those who want to teach in rural areas will be favoured. They are also more likely to award a bursary to an applicant whose financial status would, in other circumstances, exclude them from being able to study to become a teacher.
People who already have some sort of teaching qualification are not eligible to apply.
Where Successful Applicants of the Bursary Programme Will Study
There are a total of 22 higher education institutions (HEIs) in South Africa that currently offer courses that will result in recognised teacher qualifications. They are located in all of the eight provinces and include:
National institutes for higher education
Universities of technology
funza lushaka bursary
Applicants for the Funza Lushaka bursaries need to apply to an HEI before the closing date of applications (January 9). In other words they cannot wait to see if their bursary application was successful before applying to study.
A full list of relevant HEIs is given in the booklet, together with contact details and detailed information about programmes offered at the various institutions. It also specifies the qualification that will result from successful study.
Where to find the Application Form?
Funza Lushaka bursaries are only available to South Africans, and so proof of identity is required. Application forms are available from the Funza Lushaka website.
Link to document here Information Guide On Initial Teacher Education
Trudon Bursaries 2015
Trudon, the company that publishes South Africa’s Yellow Pages, is offering bursaries to IT and various design and media-related students who are currently studying for undergraduate degrees. The closing date is October 31, 2014.
Bursaries are open to:
Trudon employees who have worked for the company for more than 12 months.
The children of Trudon employees.
Previously disadvantaged external candidates who do not have existing links with the company.
The company also has a graduate programme that gives successful students who have participated in their bursary programme “a potential career start”. This involves external candidates working for Trudon for a year after graduation. In addition they offer “study funding” to employees who want to increase their knowledge and “expand their horizons”.
Job opportunities are also available on an ongoing basis.
Anyone who is successful in their bursary application will have both registration fees and tuition fees covered. They will receive a book allowance, and where applicable residence fees may be coverd.
The Media Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (Mict SETA) is responsible for the skills development and accreditation standards set for all providers of education and training for the following sectors:
Electronic media and film
Information technology (IT)
The Trudon Mission as an Employer
Trudon actively looks for “new media talent” and in return they can offer a dynamic and exciting work environment as well as substantial funding that will help learners in this field further their studies and complete their tertiary education.
From initially being an well-established and reputable print-media organisation, Trudon is now a leading multimedia company, opening the door to people with skills in this new work arena. Career opportunities the company offers spans a range of related areas including accounting, customer care, human resources, logistics, marketing and sales. Their focus though is on ecommerce, information management, multimedia design and what they term “online and search”.
Once in the employ of Truton, people are invited to write their won “career scripts”. And this is where the internal bursaries come in.
Undergraduate Degrees that Qualify Students
Second and third year students who are aiming for a degree in the following fields may apply for a bursary:
IT management, information management, economics and econometrics, or informatics
Informatics and computer science, or IT
Digital media studies
The specific bachelor degrees covered are Information Science (in multimedia and publishing) and Graphic Design.
Applicants must have achieved an overall minimum result of 60 percent, and also a minimum 60 percent pass in their major subjects. This will apply to first year results for those applying for second year studies, and to second year results for those applying for funds for third year studies.
While all applications are decided on “merit”, Trudon does point out that it will give African, Coloured and Indian students preference.
For Those Who Qualify
Academic performance is important and the company reviews the situation after examinations, and bursaries are renewed annually.
Once a student has graduated, he or she must work for Trudon for a year. This does not include in-service periods of training. In the event of a graduate refusing to accept the employment contract, all money outlaid for study fees will have to be repaid.
Application forms are available from Trudon online
Side Note: cire trudon should not be confused with trudon South Africa, Trudin South African is the official reseller of advertising space for telkom’s yellow pages. cire trudon (cire trudon candles) is a french company who manufacture candles.
The City of Cape Town Tertiary Study Bursaries
The City of Cape Town is offering bursaries to men and women of all race groups who are planning to study at approved tertiary institutions next year (2015). The City is of course the local authority that administers the greater Cape Town area, and has jobs available in a wide range of fields.
The fields of study that qualify are specific but incredibly varied, ranging from City, Town and Regional Planning, Building Development, and various areas of Civil and Electrical Engineering, to Agricultural Economics, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems (B Com), Pharmacy, Nursing, Social Work and Library and Information Science. In total there are more than 40 fields of study listed, which will be an invaluable aid in ultimately finding a job. Further, the tertiary study bursaries relate to virtually all South Africa’s Skills Education Training Authorities (SETAs) – which shows just how fantastic these opportunities are.
To qualify, students must live in the greater Cape metropolitan area and be planning to register in one of the listed fields of study.
According to the City’s announcement made on Friday October 3, 2104, the tertiary study bursaries are available to students who are registering for undergraduate, postgraduate degree or diploma studies. The bursaries will cover registration as well as examination and class fees levied by the various institutions.
If you think you might qualify and be approved for a bursary, then it is important to act quickly as the closing date for applications is October 24th. Late applications do not get any consideration.
Application forms are available online (Application Form) or from various municipal offices including:
- Belville Municipal Building
- Brackenfell Municipal Office
- Cape Town Human Resources Employment Counter in the Civic Centre
- Helderberg Municipal Office in Strand
- Parow Municipal Building
- South Peninsula Municipal Office in Plumstead
What the City Wants to Know About Applicants for Tertiary Study Bursaries
All applications have to be completed in the writing, by the person applying for the bursary.
Each applicant must state which field of study they are applying for, and these must be on the City’s list of approved studies. The duration of the course must be specified as well as the educational institution chosen, and number of years the bursary will be required.
The usual personal information is required, including date of birth, ID number, place of residence and so on. Information about gender, race and any disabilities is required so that the City can monitor equity.
Information about “household circumstances” is required, and certified documentary proof has to be supplied in terms of the gross annual income of the household. Someone is also required to stand surety for the student’s bursary, and a certified copy of this person’s ID must also be provided.
Of course since this is a bursary application, detailed educational information is also required – together with proof of results and registration, if the applicant is already studying at a recognized institution.
As an applicant you will also be asked if you have ever received a bursary before, and whether there are any bursary commitments that are outstanding. You will be asked to list extra-mural activities, hobbies and sports that you participate in and to give information about your involvement in the local community.
You will be asked to state why you are choosing a particular field of study and specify the personal qualities that you believe are necessary to be successful in your chosen field.
Contact details of two tutors, teachers or lecturers who know the applicant well are also required so that the City can phone and get the required references.
Tertiary Study Bursaries Will be Awarded Before the End of 2014
While the City of Cape Town does not acknowledge receipt of applications for tertiary study bursaries, they do undertake to notify successful applicants by December 19th. They also have a telephone enquiry service and Employment Service Desk. Telephone numbers are on the City’s website.
Don’t delay apply today.