Nestlé Bursaries

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This multinational consumer goods company offers bursaries for Commerce, IT, Engineering, Supply Chain, and Food Technology students.

Nestlé is one of the biggest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies in the world. It was founded in Vevey, Switzerland by Henri Nestlé, a pharmacist, in 1866. Nestlé introduced infant formula as a nutritional substitute for mothers who were unable to breastfeed their babies. Within five years, the Nestlé had expanded their milk product offering to better compete with Anglo-Swiss Milk Company, which was marketing the MILKMAID brand at the time. Nestlé ultimately acquired Anglo-Swiss. By the turn of the century, Nestlé had operations throughout Europe, the US, Asia, and Australia.

Although Nestlé products had been available in South Africa since 1872, it was in 1916 that the company was officially registered in the country. The first production facility was opened in Estcourt in 1927 to manufacture condensed milk products, and by 1937 production had expanded to Standerton in close to johannesburg.

In the early 1930’s, Nestlé launched one of their most iconic brands – Nescafé. The merger between Nestlé and Alimentana, another Swiss company, led to the launch of the MAGGI brand that made dehydrated soups and stock cubes. Nestlé moved their premises from the Johannesburg CBD to Randburg in 1975.

In 1993, a strategic partnership between Nestlé and Imperial Cold Storage (Pty) Ltd led to the creation of Nestlé-Dairymaid, marking the company’s entrance into the ice-cream market. When Nestlé merged with Rowntree, a UK-based chocolate and confectionary producer, brands such as Kit-Kat, Aero, Jelly Tots, and Quality Street were folded into Nestlé’s business. As public adoption of bottled water grew, Nestlé acquired two local water brands, Schoonspruit and Valvita. A portion of the water business has since been sold to Clover in 2013.

The company now employs over 4,000 people and continues to expand its production capabilities in the country, with R2.9 billion invested in the past five years alone.

Nestlé Bursary Program Overview

The goal of Nestlé’s bursary programme is to provide a talent pool for the company; thereby doing their part in addressing the skills shortage in South Africa. The programme prioritises previously disadvantaged students who are in need of financial assistance to pay for their studies.

Nestlé invites their employees’ children to apply for the bursary, but it is also open to external applicants who fulfil the criteria. Applicants must South African citizens between the ages of 17 – 25, who have been accepted to study full-time at an accredited South African university. Students must have a “C” symbol or Level 5 aggregate in Matric.

For students already studying towards an undergraduate degree, a 65% average in their courses is the minimum requirement. The bursary is renewable every year, based on satisfactory academic performance.

Bursary Benefits

The bursary covers full or partial costs towards tuition, depending on each student’s circumstances and request. Costs for accommodation and books are also paid for. Since students are required to have registered before applying for the bursary, the costs of registration must be paid by the student and will be refunded if the bursary is awarded. Applicants must apply for the bursary for each year of their degree, and it will be renewed if their academic performance is of an acceptable standard.

Students who have completed their studies can apply for the graduate development programme at Nestlé; however employment is not guaranteed.

Qualifications Covered

As a developer, manufacturer, distributor and marketer of various food items, Nestlé needs a workforce that is skilled in a broad range of disciplines.

The company’s scheme therefore covers costs for studies related to Commerce (Sales, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Supply Chain) and Science (Engineering, Information Technology, and Food Technology).

Application Process

Application forms for the Nestlé bursary are available to download in the careers section of the corporate website. Students must state their motivation for applying for the bursary, and should also indicate how much funding is required. If any costs have been paid for books and registration, the proof of payment for these should be attached to the application in order for them to be reimbursed at a later stage.

Applications open from the beginning of June until the end of September each year. Preliminary acceptance to the scheme is communicated to students by mid-December and confirmed when final results are verified.

Nestlé celebrated its 100th year in South Africa in 2016.

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Application Due Date
30 September 2018


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