Each year companies in both the public and private sector commit to providing financial aid to deserving students. This is sometimes awarded in scholarship form but more frequently through a bursary agreement.
Most companies choose to support students who pursue studies in fields related to the organisation's operations, with the aim of recruiting beneficiaries after graduation.
Here we look at the top 5 companies in the engineering sector who offer bursary opportunities to prospective engineering students.
Only 26% of graduates finish their three-year degrees - This is according to the recently released and audited Vital Stats Public Higher Education 2016 report, which finds that the number of students who drop out of higher education institutions has increased to staggering proportions.
Obtaining a bursary gets harder each year as more students compete for the same opportunities. While there is no way to guarantee that you are selected there are a few things that you can do to improve your chances. Apply early Don't wait till you reach your matric year to look for financial aid opportunities. By the time you enter Grade 10 you should have started to think seriously about potential careers. Research which higher education institutions offer study programmes that correspond with your career choice.