The City of Cape Town is offering financial support to aspiring and existing students who are residing in the greater Cape Metropolitan Area. The financial 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 of Cape Town scarce skills fields of study for 2020.

The City will consider applications for studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology; University of Cape Town; University of the Western Cape; and the University of Stellenbosch.

‘It is always a great privilege for the City to offer financial support to motivated learners who are determined to pursue the futures they have envisioned for themselves. 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. We want to open the doors of opportunity to these young residents, to improve their lives, and ultimately, to contribute to our wonderful city once they have obtained their qualifications.

‘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. I encourage all interested residents to visit the City’s website for information on these opportunities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Sharon Cottle.

The City’s long-term strategy determines what type of expertise we need to promote and develop among residents and our 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 of Cape Town’s directorates. These directorates include Human Settlements; Energy; Transport; Spatial Planning and Environment; Urban Management; Safety and Security;  Corporate Services; Water and Sanitation and Social Services.

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 maintains a well-run and healthy city. Therefore, residents with knowledge of and skills in nursing, contract management, fleet management, Accounting and Library and Information Science will remain in demand.

The City is currently providing financial support to 87 students, and since 2008, the City has provided financial support to over 800 students. Over the years, a number of students have become fulltime employees of the City, securing permanent positions in various departments.

Eligible applicants are advised to complete the financial support application; and to include the required supporting documentation. The application and documentation can be submitted via email to corporate.bursaryoffice@capetown.gov.za, or hand delivered 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. Application forms may also be obtained at these venues, or from the City’s website at www.capetown.gov.za/careers. For any queries applicants may contact hrservicedesk@capetown.gov.za.

The closing date for all applications is Thursday, 19 September 2019. Importantly, no late applications or unsigned application forms. We will commence with an intensive shortlisting and interview process after the closing date.

Below is a list of the qualifications the City will be offering financial support for in 2020:

  • 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
  • Post Graduate 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 & Systems Technology

For further information please visit the City of Cape Town website, or call the City’s Human Resources Service Desk on 086 010 3089 (option 6)

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