Aurecon Bursaries

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Aurecon’s bursary scheme offers financial assistance, academic support, and vacation work to civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering students.

The Aurecon Group is a consulting engineering firm which was formed in 2009 through the merger of Africon (Pty) Ltd, Ninham Shand (Pty) Ltd, and Connell Wagner (Pty) Ltd. Together, these 3 companies had a combined 200 years’ experience in the engineering field across 4 continents. The company now has a footprint in 24 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Australasia. Aurecon’s current CEO is Giam Swiegers, who took the helm in February 2015. Globally, Aurecon has 7,500 employees.

While the company is headquartered in Melbourne, Aurecon’s South African division also acts as one of its main delivery points, where it employs approximately 2,600 people and has 26 sites throughout the country. The company is recognised as a Level 2 BBBEE contributor.

Aurecon’s core business areas are building and infrastructure design, programme and project management delivery, digital and infrastructure advisory services, and providing geospatial planning.

Notable projects that Aurecon has delivered include designing the roof of Wembley Stadium in the UK; redesigning the KwaMashu Interchange and the Bethlehem Hydro Projects in South Africa; and the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) Project.

Aurecon Bursary Program Overview

High school applicants are required to have maintained a grade level of 5 or higher for Mathematics (not Maths Literacy) and Science throughout Grade 11 and Matric.

At the time of application, pupils should have already received an acceptance from a recognised South African university.

The bursary programme is also open to students who are currently enrolled in university. In this case, applicants must have maintained a 70% average during the course of their studies. Bursaries are only available to South African citizens.

Graduates who were bursary recipients will be expected to work at Aurecon for a period of one year for each year that they received bursary funding. Periods of vacation work and compulsory in-service training are not included in the work-back.

Bursary Benefits

The bursary programme funds up to R90,000 towards tuition fees. The amount is renewed each academic year for the duration of the bursary recipient’s studies, provided that the student’s performance is satisfactory.

Students on the bursary programme also have the opportunity to secure paid vacation work during the summer break from November to February.

For students who are required to complete practicals as part of their studies, Aurecon will provide the training.

Qualifications Covered

True to its engineering core business, Aurecon’s bursary programme is suitable for students pursuing a BEng or BSc qualification in these engineering disciplines:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Application Process

Interested students must complete an online application on the career portal of Aurecon’s website.

Applicants will need to submit a CV in Word or PDF format, as well as a certified copy of their South African ID and academic transcripts.

Students who meet the qualification criteria will be shortlisted and will be invited for a panel interview at either the Johannesburg, Durban, or Cape Town offices. Bursaries are awarded at the beginning of the academic year to successful candidates.

Applications for the bursary programme open at the beginning of May and close at the end of August every year.

In 2016, Aurecon has been awarded for its work on the Sani Pass Project, Eastgate refurbishment, and Ridgeway Office Development in South Africa, among a string of other international accolades.

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Application Due Date
31 August 2018


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