The Mining Qualification Authority or MQA is an educational Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) responsible for the skill development in the South African mining and minerals sector. It runs various skill development programmes to enhance the skill set of the students attending the programmes.
MQA was formed under the Mine Health and Safety Act No.29 of 1996. Later, it was converted to a SETA as per the Skills Development Act No.92 of 1998.
Besides meeting the labor demand, MQA also aims to increase the number of women participation in the mining sector.
Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) Bursary for UNEMPLOYED 2022
Every year, MQA offers bursaries to a certain number of students and funds their education. For the academic year 2022, it is inviting unemployed students to apply for the Mining Qualifications Authority bursary.
There are 1000 bursaries on offer for 2022. Students from the following field of study will be considered:
For TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) college students, here are the eligible trades:
Fitter and Turner
Fitting (Machinery included)
Motor Mechanic (Diesel only)
Rigger Ropes man
There are exceptions, though. MQA, being focused on the South African mining sector, will fund other qualifications, provided it’s deemed necessary for the mining and minerals sector. 20% of the total fund is reserved for such qualifications.
However, it will not fund post-graduate students.
The bursary will fund the following expenses:
Bursary Eligibility Criteria
To apply for the bursary, applicants must meet the eligibility criteria laid out by the MQA. Since the SETA receives numerous applications for the bursary, it rejects those that do not fulfill all the criteria.
So go through each of the following criteria for the MQA bursary and confirm that you meet them all.
The eligibility requirements for the Mining Qualification Authority bursary 2021-22 are:
Must be a South African citizen
Must be currently unemployed
Must have either completed Matriculation or currently in Matric
Must be willing to study or studying towards an undergrad degree in any of the fields mentioned above
Must be either studying or intend to study full-time at a recognized University, University of Technology, or TVET College in South Africa
Fulfilling all the criteria, however, doesn’t guarantee funding. It is at the sole discretion of the selection committee.
Preference will be given to the following candidates:
Students coming from a rural background
Applicants studying at a local tertiary institution
Candidates with a yearly household income of less than R 600,000
Students demonstrating a solid academic track record
How to Apply?
If you’re eligible for the bursary, move forward with the application process. It’s a short process but does require diligence.