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SETAs have bursaries available and you can receive one if you are studying at a college or at a university.

The W&R Seta has bursaries available for 3 000 people studying full time for college or university courses.

The Seta is doing this to support learners and to achieve their goal of making sure there are enough graduates to work in jobs where there is a shortage of skills. 

Even if you have some funding for your studies, it is always useful to get additional support and funds often run out before the end of the year.




Would you like a career with the military? Apply for the Military Skills Development Programme which is open once a year for all arms of the military.

This includes the Army, Air Force, Navy and Defence Intelligence.

The Military Skills Development System (MSDS) is a two-year voluntary service system which is aimed at affording young people skills, which could assist in their quest for employment in the job market.

 Young recruits are required to sign up for a period of two-years, during which they will receive Military Training, further Functional Training and skills training.


Click here for full details on the Military Skills Development Programme

Learnerships and internships both give you work experience that can lead to a job if you work well at the company. However there are major differences between the two.

If you aren't sure of the differences you can read our article about the Differences between Learnerships and Internships


If you would like to apply now for a learnership the current opportunites available include:

  • Transnet, Nedbank and Clicks are just some of the companies offering Learnerships now.


Click here for the latest Learnerships


Current internships available include positions with:

If you are still looking for a place at a college or university there is help available from the CACH - the central application clearing house which is run by the government's Department of Higher Education and Training.

It assists prospecting students by sharing their matric results with public and private further and higher education institutions across the country, including colleges (public and private),  Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) colleges, universities, Setas and registered private higher institutions. 

Institutions with open study places, technical training opportunities, or apprenticeship slots then make them available to the most suitable applicants on the CACH database.

If you still want a place at a varsity or college in 2018 you should apply via the government's Central Application Clearing House - referred to as Cach. This is the official way to apply and express your interest in the type of course you would like to study. Rather than having to apply individually to each university or college, the Cach will match up your interests with the courses available.

Univerisities and College do not accept 'Walk in' applications - which refers to people who turn up at the college asking for a place of study.  In the past this has lead to very long queues, and someone even died in the queue. So don't go in person, you must sign up via the cach website.

 Click here to apply online

If you want to study at college or university in 2018 help is available from the Services Seta bursary fund.  The Seta is funded by money from employers and government and they have money available to help students in 2018.

If you are looking for a career in the services sector there are hundreds of careers options to choose from. The services sector has been booming in South Africa in recent years and is a great place for young people to make a success of themselves. They also provide funding for young people studying to be artisans.

The Services Seta bursary can cover full tuition as well as books and accommodation. The applications are open now but you have to apply before the 8th of January. So don't miss out! Apply today.


Click here for more details on the Services Seta bursaries



Capitec has been one of the country's most successful businesses over recent years, and has grown to be one of the country's top 4 banks.

If you would like a career with Capitec there's no better place to start than as a bank teller at one of their branches across the country.

They are well known as a bank that offers great products and services at very affordable rates. 

 Click here for more details




Woolworths is one of South African's top retail chains and many people want to work for them, either in their stores or their head office.

Woolworths is famous for their fashion departments and also for the top quaity food departments. Careers with Woolworths are in demand because they are a well respected employer.

They have more than 23 000 employees across their branch network.

The company started in 1931 with their first store in Cape Town, before spreading their stores across South Africa.

They now have more than 200 shops in South Africa and 65 in other African countries.

In Woolworths stores there are a range of career opportunities including, Sales, Replenishment, Store Management, Sales Management, Visual Merchandising, Stock Control.

Click here to view current vacancies and register for a job with Woolworths

Would you like to work for the leading retailer in South Africa? The Shoprite group includes Shoprite and Checkers stores. 

Shoprite was formed in 1979 with 8 stores in the Western Cape. Today the group has more than 2689 shops in 15 countries across Africa and Indian Ocean islands. They employ approximately 144 000 people.

The group is so popular now they serve 86 customers every second - which adds up to more than 1 billion sales per year!

In June 2016 Shoprite announced that 76% of South Africa's total adult population – more than 29 million customers – shop at one of the Group’s supermarket brands.

Shoprite has opportunities for jobs in their group which can lead to a long career in one of their many stores, or at their head office.

Bursaries are available and pay up to R70 000 per year for students, depending on their course and institution.

When you graduate there is also a graduate programme for you.


You can apply now for university courses available from many of the top United Kingdom universities. There is an increased interest in British courses for South Africans - some are worried about the situation with South African universities and others are looking at moving overseas in the future.  British university courses are respected across the world so open up many opportunities in most countries of the world.

All courses are open to South Africans, and there are free digital upgrades available to South African citizens who are taking the courses via the FutureLearn platform.  The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities and is a registered charity.