The Shoprite Group has opened up applications for its bursary programmes, targeting high-performing students keen to join the retail industry.

Students enrolled for degree studies in accounting, biological sciences, criminology, information technology, logistics and supply chain, retail business management, food sciences, and agricultural sciences can apply for funding between 1 February and 30 April 2024.

The comprehensive bursary covers tuition and accommodation.

The group noted that, through the programme, employment after graduation is guaranteed, giving beneficiaries a seamless entry into the business and allowing them to learn from the industry’s top talent, experts, and mentors.

In addition, bursary holders receive a monthly grocery allowance and access to the Shoprite Employee Wellness programme, it added.

In the last financial year, the Group invested R14.9 million in its bursary programme, which funded 200 students.

The retailer is the largest private sector employer in South Africa and one of the top graduate employers in the country.

“Our bursaries are aligned to critical skills in the business and our commitment to uplifting the lives of young people by providing them an entryway into highly skilled roles,” said Leigh Adams, Head of Talent and Learning Solutions at the Group.

Interested learners can apply via the group’s website.