Greytown-born Percival Vakathi (28) joined the team in 2020 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Pretoria (provided)
- Shoprite Group invites students studying accounting, business administration, criminology and especially information technology to apply for the financial scholarship before September 30, 2023.
- The retailer is also looking to hire IT professionals in its technology department.
- Job opportunities include systems engineering, a cybersecurity major, business analysis, enterprise engineering, and an applications major, among others.
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The retailer said applications are now open for the Shoprite Group’s financial grant program. The program covers tuition, on-campus accommodation, grocery allowance, and, according to Shoprite, is guaranteed employment upon graduation.
It has invited students from various majors – especially those in information technology (IT) – to apply.
“Applications for the Shoprite Group Scholarship Program are now open. We invite young people studying in the fields of accounting, business management and criminology, especially those pursuing careers in IT to apply online,” said the President of Talent and Learning Solutions Group. Lee Adams.
In addition to the scholarship offer, the retail giant has also invited experienced technology professionals to join its rapidly expanding technology division.
Percival Vakathi, Technologist, Shoprite Group (Supplier)
Greytown-born Percival Vakathi is one of those employees involved in the initiative, joining the team in 2020 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Pretoria.
Phakathi helped develop a geospatial solution for on-demand grocery delivery app Checkers Sixty60 for retail stores, optimizing delivery zones and ensuring delivery in less than 60 minutes.
He describes the work environment as “dynamic” and “inclusive”.
“With a culture of collaboration and mentorship, Shoprite Technology is the perfect place for young professionals to learn, create and innovate while building a solid career in a highly competitive industry.
“We are very focused on skills development, technical certification, and opportunities to leverage new technology, from OpenAI to computer vision, as we reimagine the future of retail,” says Debbie Cunningham, Group Chief Digital Technologies.
Job openings available for seasoned technology professionals in the group include systems engineering, cyber security professionals, business analysts, enterprise architects, and applications specialists, among others.
To get the scholarship, students will need to visit the retailer Jobs page And apply before September 30, 2023.