Re­tailer of­fers bur­saries to stu­dents

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO BUSINESS - Tam­lyn Jolly

THE Shoprite Group’s

2018 bur­sary purse is not yet de­pleted and the re­tailer is calling for stu­dents to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity.

Stu­dents cur­rently com­plet­ing ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tions in pro­grammes such as phar­macy, char­tered ac­count­ing, sup­ply chain man­age­ment and lo­gis­tics, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and re­tail busi­ness man­age­ment, could still qual­ify for bur­saries of up to R70 000 - de­pend­ing on the course of study and in­sti­tu­tion - to as­sist with tuition, books and ac­com­mo­da­tion fees.

Each bur­sary is linked to a work-back agree­ment with the group, giv­ing the stu­dents an ideal launch pad to start their work­ing lives.

‘As the largest pri­vate sec­tor em­ployer in South Africa, Shoprite de­vel­ops peo­ple’s skills to drive its own busi­ness, as well as the econ­omy at large, through job op­por­tu­ni­ties,’ said the group in a state­ment.

‘In the past year, Shoprite cre­ated more than 6 000 new jobs, of which 91% were filled by peo­ple aged 34 and younger.’

The bur­sary pro­gramme last year sup­ported 287 stu­dents’ tuition, trans­lat­ing to an in­vest­ment of more than R16-mil­lion.

Bur­saries are of­fered to both ma­tric­u­lants ap­ply­ing to higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in South Africa and stu­dents cur­rently com­plet­ing ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

‘With al­most 30% of South Africans aged

15 - 24 not cur­rently in em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing, the Shoprite Group is search­ing for bright, hard­work­ing young peo­ple who re­quire fi­nan­cial sup­port in or­der to con­tinue their postschool ed­u­ca­tion.’

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