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Bursaries and Skills Development

At Exxaro, we strongly believe in powering possibilities by creating opportunities to develop exceptional people. Skill development is vital to our industry, which is why in 2016, we put 5,4% of our payroll into training – a total of R178 million. R90 million was spent on job-related and technical training, and the remaining R84 million, on bursaries, internships, and other talent pipeline projects.  

Apply for a Bursary from Exxaro


Exxaro offers the following bursaries to potential candidates: 

  • Civil
  • Chemical
  • Electrical
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical
  • Metallurgy
  • Mining Engineering
  • Mining Surveying (B Tech MRM)
  • Mining Technician (B Tech)
  • Geology (Hons compulsory)
  • Electronics
  • Computer Science


These bursaries include: 

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Book fees
  • Meal allowance
  • Residence fees
  • A cash allowance for miscellaneous expenses


The professionals-in-training programme, something graduates can consider doing once they have finished their studies, is a structured curriculum that provides each candidate with a coach. These leaders supervise exposure to various commodities, leadership, and management training.


The programme’s annual intake comprises 80% former bursars, and 20% external candidates. After the 36-month period, participants are assisted in obtaining professional accreditation. 




Exxaro offers learnerships in mainly the engineering (fitters, electricians, instrumentation, etc) and mining (underground, surface, etc) disciplines. The formal training is done at either Grovos in Lephalale, or the Colliery Training College in Emalahleni.


Workplace training is done at Grootgeluk in Lephalale, and Matla near Kriel. They are both accredited training providers for the relevant Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) qualifications they offer. Exxaro pays for the training, and a monthly allowance is given to the learner for the duration of their learnership. Interested parties should contact Grootgeluk or Matla  directly for more information. Minimum entry requirements are applicable.