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Western Cape Government: Bursaries, internships, and learnerships


Your future career starts with evaluating yourself and determining what you enjoy, the working environments that appeal to you and whether your personality matches your career choice.
Take some time to do research and to consider your options. Read up on career websites and newspapers and consider job shadowing, learnerships, or volunteering in your field of choice before making your final decision.
We’ve put some information together on the various options available to help you make the best decision for your future.

1. Bursaries 

A bursary is a financial award made by an institution to those individuals who can’t afford to pay full fees. Bursaries are usually renewed each year, on condition that the student is making satisfactory progress. In terms of national and provincial bursaries, bursaries are allocated based on the needs in a specific province and public entity. The following bursary opportunities are either a full, partial or work-back bursary.

If you’re interested in applying for one of the bursaries listed below, you should contact the government department, university or public entity concerned directly.

Western Cape Government bursaries

Western Cape universities

National Departmental Bursaries

Bursaries offered by public entities  

Tertiary Education Funding Options2

International bursaries

  • The Chevening Scholarships in South Africa offer opportunities and financial support to study for a Master’s degree at one of the United Kingdom’s leading universities, and to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network.

2. Learnerships on offer in the Western Cape

Learnerships are learning programmes that lead to an occupational qualification. This includes classroom-based learning at the institute and on-the-job training at our research farms. The learnerships are available:

  • The Year Beyond programme appeals to local and international volunteers with mathematics, technology and language skills to give a year of their time to tutor primary and secondary school learners in these subjects. Applications for this programme open towards the end of the year.
  • The Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project is focused on matriculants who are interested in gaining work experience in the public service.
  • The Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) is a government body responsible for organising education and training programmes within a specific sector. There are 21 sectors, and each sector has its own SETA. Find out more.
  • The National Youth Service Programme is aimed at unemployed youth in the technical trade industry with no work experience and those in the technical trade industry with work experience but no trade certification.
  • The Expanded Public Works Programme focuses on skills development by giving unemployed people (between 16 and 35) access to temporary work.
  • The Siyenyuka Contractor Enhancement Programme aims to develop skills and promote business sustainability for emerging contractors in the construction industry.

3. Internships, apprenticeships and artisanships  Skilled artisanships on offer

Internships provide real-world experience to those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field.

Apprenticeships provide on-the-job training and are often accompanied by course work.

Artisanships offer practical training focusing primarily on employable skills training and development.

4. Volunteering

Want to lend a helping hand? Find out about charitable organisations in the Western Cape and how to volunteer your time.

  • Volunteer Wildfire Services recruits new volunteers every year.
  • Cheetah Outreach welcomes part-time and full-time volunteers who like the outdoors and the big cats.
  • SANCCOB have limited permanent staff and welcome volunteers who show a long-term commitment. Volunteers are taught as much as they’d like to know about sea birds.
  • The Two Oceans Aquarium hosts an education and environmental facility and they welcome volunteers to assist.
  • Monkeyland rehabilitates and frees previously captured animals and is home to a wide range of primates. They welcome full-time volunteers to stay for at least one month and help out with a range of tasks.
  • Help2Read aims to recruit, train and support literate adult volunteers from local communities, in an effort to help disadvantaged primary school children who struggle to read.

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