Bursaries, internships and learnerships | Western Cape Government

Bursaries, internships and learnerships

Student bursaries and learnerships.

Choosing a career path can be a difficult decision if you're uncertain about what you see yourself doing in the future. To choose the right career for you, you need to first find out what you like and what you enjoy doing. Then you can decide which careers appeal to you and if your personality matches the career of your choice.

Take some time to do research and 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.

Perhaps you're thinking about applying for a bursary or an internship but don’t know where to begin. We’ve put some information together on the various options available to help you make the best decision for your future.

If you work hard and achieve good results at school, you can have a bright future with more options. This will help you when you apply for a bursary, learnership or internship.

1. Bursaries 

A bursary is a financial award made by an institution to 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 government, bursaries are allocated based on the needs in a specific province such as engineering, nursing or teaching to name a few. 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  

Students on college steps

Other 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. 
  • The Anglo-American Bursary Programme offers bursaries to excellent performers who will be in their second or third year of study.
  • The Oasis 2020 Bursary Programme invites undergraduates who are interested in joining the financial services industry to apply for this programme.
  • The Nedbank Bursary Fund awards bursaries to students who need help to meet the costs associated with studying at higher education institutions full-time.

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 available are :

3. Internships, apprenticeships and artisanships  Construction workers

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.  

  • DST-NRF Internship Programme aims to provide university graduates and postgraduates with work experience in science, engineering and technology in order to improve their chances of finding a job.
  • The Western Cape Government also offers internship opportunities, that often turn into job opportunities, at the different departments where students can get hands-on experience and skills.

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.


The content on this page was last updated on 14 August 2020