According to the Department of Higher Education & Training (Government Gazette 19 January 2016 the list of skills shortage is quite extensive.

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Towards the end of Grade 9 you need to have an idea more or less what you want to do after school.  Not just is it important to know what you want to study, but it is also important for you know what you like and dislike and what your strong and weaker points are.

If you like to design, construct and maintain things, perhaps Engineering is the field for you. 

Engineers are people who design, construct, and maintain structures, materials and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost. ( )

Engineers have a wide area of expertise to choose from.

Different types of Engineers

Software engineer

Metallurgical Engineering/Materials Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechatronics Engineering

Mathematical Engineering

Management Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Computer Engineering

Civil Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Architectural Engineering & Building engineering

Aerospace Engineering

Institutes in the Western Cape

Engineering can be studied at a number of Colleges and Universities in the Western Cape.  Below are a few of the institutes:

College of Cape Town – Inspiring minds (

c/o Cedar & Poplar Road, Thornton

Tel: +27 21 531 9124

Fax: +27 21 531 9150

  • NC(V) Civil Engineering
  • Building & Civil Engineering N4-N6

Jan Smuts Drive, Pinelands

Tel: +27 21 531 2105/6/7

Fax: +27 21 531 0361

  • Electrical Engineering N4-N6 

c/o Steve Biko Drive & Ngambu Street, Guguletu

Tel: +27 21 638 3131

Fax: +27 21 637 0344

  • Electrical Engineering N1 – N3

Cape Peninsula University of Technology  (


epartment of Civil Engineering and Surveying Letter

Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering Letter

Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering – Mechatronics


Tel: +27 21 959 6437
Location: ABC Building

Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 460 3763
Location: Engineering Building

 Granger Bay
Tel: +27 21 440 5752

False Bay College (

Tel: 021-787 0800
Fax:  021 788 2533

Physical Address: 
Main Road

College of Cape Town

334 Albert Road, Salt River

8000 Cape Town,  Western Cape

South Africa


t: +27 21 404 6700

f: +27 21 404 6701


Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Stellenbosch university

Civil Engineer?ing
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
?Process Eng?in?eering? 

Administrative Assistant and Reception??
Ms Portia Adonis
Office A209?
Tel: +27 (0)21 808 4203
Fax: +27 (0)21 808 4206

Academic Enquiries
?Ms Nicole Hartzenburg
Office A214 (Admin A building)
Tel: +27 (0)21 808 4835
Fax: +27 (0)21 808 4576 ?

?Faculty of Engineering
Stellenbosch University
Cnr Banhoek Road & Joubert Street
South Africa

Minimum admission requirements for BEng 

  • Write the National Benchmark Tests AQL and MAT
  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with admission to bachelor’s studies, or an exemption certificate from the Matriculation Board
  • An average of at least 70% in the NSC
  • Mathematics 70%
  • Physical Sciences 60%

Language marks that meet one of the following requirements:

  • English Home Language 40% OR
  • English First Additional Language 60% OR
  • English First Additional Language 50% AND Afrikaans Home Language 40% or Afrikaans First Additional Language 60%

Over and above the aforementioned requirements, candidates are subject to selection according to selection criteria

Where can I get a bursary and who offers internships and learnerships?

 Western Cape Government bursaries

Western Cape universities

National Departmental Bursaries

Bursaries offered by public entities  

International bursaries 

  • The Chevening Scholarships in South Africaoffer opportunities and financial support to study for a Master’s degree at one of the United Kingdom’s leading universities, and to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network.

Learnerships on offer in the Western Cape 

Learnerships are learning programmes that lead to an occupational qualification. This includes classroom-based learning at the institute and on-the-job training at our research farms. The learnerships are available:

  • The Year Beyond programmeappeals to local and international volunteers with mathematics, technology and language skills to give a year of their time to tutor primary and secondary school learners in these subjects. Applications for this programme open towards the end of the year.
  • ThePremier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project is focused on matriculants who are interested in gaining work experience in the public service.
  • The Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA)is a government body responsible for organising education and training programmes within a specific sector. There are 21 sectors, and each sector has its own SETA. Find out more.
  • TheNational Youth Service Programme is aimed at unemployed youth in the technical trade industry with no work experience and those in the technical trade industry with work experience but no trade certification.
  • The Expanded Public Works Programmefocuses on skills development by giving unemployed people (between 16 and 35) access to temporary work.
  • TheSiyenyuka Contractor Enhancement Programme aims to develop skills and promote business sustainability for emerging contractors in the construction industry.

Internships, apprenticeships and artisanships  

Internships provide real-world experience to those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field.


Apprenticeships provide on-the-job training and are often accompanied by course work.


Artisanships offer practical training focusing primarily on employable skills training and development.



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