Cipla bursary scheme now open for entries

Cipla SA, South Africa’s third largest pharmaceutical company, is encouraging all students in their first, second or third/final year, who want to make a difference in the world by becoming a part of the pharmaceutical industry, to apply for a bursary at the company.

This is according to Simo Masondo, Chief Human Resources Officer at Cipla SA & Sub Saharan Africa, who says that the company has a bursary scheme in place to provide much-needed financial assistance to students across South Africa. “Students can now apply for the bursaries that we offer in an array of academic fields. The bursary will give them the opportunity to kick-start their career within the pharmaceutical industry.”

He says that the high cost of education in South Africa has been an issue for many students over the past few years, as the government is looking for a solution to increase funds allocated to the education sector. “Paired with the lack of critical skills in the country, it is important that big corporate companies play a role in alleviating the crisis by developing the necessary skills among young talent and this is why, we at Cipla have this scheme in place.”

Masondo explains that due to Cipla being a part of a global organisation, the experience that the bursary candidates will obtain will be invaluable for their futures. “Cipla is an organisation with a heart and a soul, where our people are truly regarded as central to the success of our business. At Cipla, we take pride in improving people’s lives.”

“Any person between the ages of 17-25 who has passed matric, first year and/or second year academic years at a tertiary institution with an overall average of 70% or higher can apply for a bursary at Cipla SA. Post-graduate students in pharmaceutical related fields, such as B. Pharm Regulatory, Production specialisation, B. Engineering Chemical specialisation, and BSc in Biochemistry & Microbiology are also eligible to apply for our bursary scheme,” says Masondo.

According to him the Cipla bursary programme is open to pupils who completed matric and/or are currently studying a junior degree in the following fields:
· BSc in Engineering (priority areas - Chemical, Mechanical & Industrial)
· B Pharmacy (priority areas - Production, Regulatory, Quality)
· BSc in Chemistry
· BSc in Biochemistry
· BSc in Microbiology
· BCom Finance
· BCom Accounting
· BCom Logistics Management

“We do require that suitable candidates are South Africa citizens, registered at a tertiary institution, do not have alternative funding and are able to read, write and speak English fluently in order to be eligible for the bursary funding.”

Masondo, says that the deadline for entries will close on the 19th of February 2017, therefore candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates who wish to be considered for a bursary must send their academic record (i.e. transcript), matric certificate, Curriculum Vitae (CV), and a certified copy of their ID to [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected] - based on their location. All students from other provinces are welcome to apply by sending their application to any one of these email addresses.

Cipla SA is an equal opportunities employer and will allocate the bursaries to all races and genders in line with the Economically Active Population guidelines for South Africa.

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