The Department of Public Works continues to make a difference in the scarce skills pipeline of the country through its Bursaries Programme.
Minister Thulas Nxesi, MP, is handing over bursaries worth R5,2-million to 40 learners who are going to pursue built environment studies at various universities across the country. The bursary programme, introduced in 2013, forms part of the Department’s seven-year turnaround strategy to identify and harness scarce skills in the Built industry.
The purpose of the bursary programme highlights the Department’s mandate and contribution towards socio economic impact and change, focusing on youth empowerment, poverty alleviation, job creation, women empowerment and monetary relief for previously disadvantaged and academically deserving learners in order enable them to further their studies.
The Department has been managing and co-funding the Bursary Programme in collaboration with the Construction, Education and Training Authority since 2014.
The Department is awarding bursaries to 16 participating schools from all nine provinces this year. The bursary is valued at R130 000 for each learner and covers tuition, accommodation, meals, textbooks, academic resources and monthly allowance.
The Department’s investment shows its deep commitment to the development of young people. It also emphasises the important role that it plays at being one of the most critical government departments tasked with maintaining and managing state immovable assets and infrastructure. This investment in the youth will help increase the scarce skills pool and properly equip the youth with resources to help them become active citizens economically
The aspiring university students will seek to pursue careers in (Civil, Structural, Transport, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical and Hydrology engineering). Other bursary recipients will pursue training in Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Water Care, Property Studies, Interior Design and Horticulture.
Minister Thulas Nxesi is also honouring a unified flow of professionals into the Department by handing over certificates of recognition to Young Professionals and Internal Audit Technicians who have gone throught the Department’s candicy and mentorship programmes.