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Inaugural engineering bursary for previously disadvantaged students

Vertically integrated renewable energy company SOLA has launched its inaugural engineering bursary to encourage solar PV expertise amongst electrical engineers.

The eligible final year electrical engineering student will have their tuition paid for and a job opportunity as a graduate engineer in the solar PV field. The move comes as part of SOLA’s broader shared value strategy, that aims to bolster STEM education and give opportunities for young engineers seeking careers in renewable energy to flourish.

Dom Wills, CEO of SOLA Group, explained: “We know that there are incredibly smart students out there who have faced giant odds to get to where they are. We want to support them on this journey, because that will ultimately make our organisation stronger in the future.”

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The engineering bursary is eligible to previously disadvantaged students who plan to enter into their final year of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering in the field of electrical engineering at a Cape Town based institution in 2022. The engineering bursary will include R75,000 tuition, paid vacation work, and a graduate engineering position after the studies have been completed.

“We particularly encourage women to apply for the bursary, who have historically been underrepresented in our industry,” adds Wills. “We hope that this bursary can help to demonstrate the viability of a career in renewable energy and encourage more electrical engineers to take this direction.”

Are you interested in applying for the bursary? Complete the Engineering Bursary- Screening Questionnaire to find out the eligibility criteria and apply online before 31 August 2021.

The company opened its doors with just four people in 2008 and expanded to in excess of 80 employees in 2021, with some of South Africa’s biggest renewable energy projects under its belt: successful REIPPP bids, South Africa’s first large microgrid project on Robben Island, and securing South Africa’s first large-scale wheeling agreement. The bursary adds to the company’s contribution to South Africa’s economy and its commitment to see South Africa thrive.

Nomvuyo Tena
Nomvuyo Tena is a Content Producer at Clarion Events Africa and is as passionate about the energy transition in Africa as she is about music and Beyonce.