Ask a career guidance specialist how to improve your likelihood of getting a job and they will tell you to choose a where skills are in short supply. This is precisely what studying towards becoming a chartered accountant [CA(SA)] will open up to you. Not only is South Africa in desperate need of more CAs(SA), talent shortage surveys show that CAs(SA) are among the top ten vacancies that employers have trouble filling. As part of its efforts to fast track the transformation of this profession, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) provides bursaries to talented African and Coloured Grade 12 learners who wish to become a CA(SA) but do well academically but do not have the financial means to study towards a tertiary qualification. This year, SAICA’s Thuthuka Bursary Fund is offering more than 300 bursaries. Matric learners who wish to apply to be part of the 2018 intake have until 30 April 2017 to apply.
One of SAICA’s primary aims is to help strengthen South Africa’s economy by playing a leading role in transformation and skills development. As part of this mission and to contribute to the economic and social upliftment of South Africa’s youths, SAICA’s Thuthuka Bursary provides more than just money for students to study to become a CA(SA), it provides recipients with full “wrap around” support that reduces university drop-outs, enhances graduation rates and exponentially improves students’ employment potential.
Nthato Selebi, , Project Director of the Fund explains:
‘The Thuthuka Bursary Fund (TBF) model is