R4.5m budget for bursaries in critical skills fields
In a bid to address the critical shortage of skills, the Gauteng department of infrastructure and development has committed to a R4.5-million budget for its bursary project, which has seen 200 graduates join the department since 2009.
"We offer these bursaries in full appreciation of the magnitude of the critical skills shortage we face as a province and country," said Gauteng infrastructure and development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza.
Students who have been accepted by a university and can prove dependence are fully sponsored on condition they work for the department once they graduate.
The department is looking for students in electrical, civil and mechanical engineering, quantity surveying, and the built environment.
Wesley Jacobs, chief director of human resource development, said: "Everyone who has completed their studies comes into the department and works for every year that we have funded them, but generally the department awards three-year contracts."