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Most large companies employing graduates have graduate training programmes in place. These serve as a valuable bridge between university and working life. Companies tend to invest thousands in recruiting graduates who have demonstrated impressive academic ability but who have little or no experience in the world of work. 

Graduate training programmes ease candidates into the world of work and give them the skills necessary to become part of the larger team. They tend to last either one or two years. Some will offer students the opportunity to experience several different areas of business before choosing a final career path within the company. Employers’ websites and/or recruitment brochures give details of these.

Graduate training programmes have long been popular with banks, insurance companies and financial institutions but they have become increasingly more common with employers across all sectors, particularly the IT and technical spheres. 

Advantages include:

A good level of support when starting your career

Training and development opportunities

A mentor to talk through any problems

The opportunity to study for a professional qualification (normally funded by your employer)

The chance to rotate through different departments and gain experience of different functions.

BELOW IS A LIST OF AVAILABLE graduate training OPPORTUNITIES  

Learning and Development Graduate Programme Opportunity at Aspen PharmaCare (12 Months Contract) (Gauteng)


Closing Date 17 December 2020


Begin your 12-month Graduate Programme with a leading global player in specialty and branded pharmaceuticals with an extensive basket of products that provide treatment for a broad spectrum of acute and chronic conditions experienced through all stages of life. Our 12-month Graduate programme is premeditated to develop young talent, striving for professional and personal growth.


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University Graduate Internship Opportunity at The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) 


Closing Date 21 December 2020


Our goal is to promote the advancement of human capacity development and provide adequate technical assistance to the different sectors throughout South Africa. Reporting to: Hosting organisation Manager


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Aon United Graduate Program - 2021


Closing Date 10 January 2021


Being part of Aon United means, new graduates will receive training and coaching, ensuring they acquire business skills and knowledge, as well as experience in the demanding insurance sector. This two-year contract provides you with a focused and rewarding learning environment where you will grow and develop the much-needed skills for our industry. Your development will include both personal and professional growth, preparing you for the world of work. If you are committed to making your mark in the Insurance sector, then Aon is the company to provide you with the tools you need to succeed in our dynamic industry.


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Supply Chain Planning Graduate Opportunity at  AVI Limited


Closing Date 18 December 2020


An opportunity has become available for a Supply Chain graduate to join our National Brands Limited team at our Head Office in Bryanston. National Brands is home to some of the best-known South African household brands such as Five Roses, Freshpak, Willards and Bakers. This business operates across 5 factory sites, offering world-class manufacturing facilities Gauteng (Isando and Rosslyn) and in KZN (Westmead and Durban).


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Graduate Programme at Sea Harvest


Closing Date 18 December 2020


Sea Harvest believes in the acquisition, enhancement and development of young aspiring talent. The Organisation facilitates this through our structured graduate programme. We focus on the empowerment of our high-potential and emerging leaders. Working at Sea Harvest provides our employees with a broad range of employment and development opportunities across the company. We are looking for graduates in these specific fields: BCom Accounting; BTech Food Technology; BEng Industrial & BTech Industrial Engineering and National Diploma: Internal Auditing; Diploma: Production Management


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Chemistry Graduate Opportunity at Sibanye Stillwater


Closing Date 31 December 2020


A limited number of full time internships (graduate programmes) are being offered in line with Sibanye-Stillwater’s business needs, to individuals who have obtained: BSc Analytical Chemistry or Chemistry. Beneficiaries of the Internship programme will receive a 2 year fixed term employment contract to obtain post-graduate experience


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Human Resource (Project) Graduate Opportunity at Sibanye Stillwater


Closing Date 31 December 2020


A limited number of full time internships (graduate programmes) are being offered in line with Sibanye-Stillwater’s business needs, to individuals who have obtained: B Degree Human Resource Management. Beneficiaries of the Internship programme will receive a 2 year fixed term employment contract to obtain post-graduate experience


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Environmental Engineering Graduate Opportunity at Sibanye Stillwater


Closing Date 31 December 2020


A limited number of full time internships (graduate programmes) are being offered, in line with Sibanye-Stillwater’s business needs, to individuals who have obtained: BSc / BEng in Environmental Engineering or Mining Engineering. Beneficiaries of the Internship programme will receive a 2 year fixed-term employment contract to obtain post-graduate experience.


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Survey Graduate Opportunity at Sibanye Stillwater


Closing Date 22 December 2020


A limited number of full time internships (graduate programmes) are being offered, in line with the Sibanye-Stillwater business needs, to individuals who have obtained: Degree in Survey. Beneficiaries of the internship programme will receive a 2 year fixed-term employment contract to obtain post-graduate experience


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SAP RPA Graduate Opportunity at Dis-Chem Pharmacies Limited


Closing Date 15 December 2020


Dis-Chem Pharmacies’ Head Office in Midrand has an exciting 12 months Internship opportunity available for a graduate passionate about IT/SAP.  The graduate will be required to assist in designing, managing workflow automation projects and the testing and quality control of the Robotic Process Automation.


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Mechanical Graduate / Junior Engineer Opportunity at GIBB Engineering & Architecture


Closing Date 18 December 2020


GIBB Mining, as subsidiary of GIBB is a multi-disciplinary engineering design and project management enterprise, specialising in innovative and sustainable techno-economic holistic solutions for mining projects, from concept stage to commissioning and handover. Here you will find an environment conducive to helping you make the most of your abilities and skills.
This Subsidiary is looking for another talented professional to complement their team, in the form of a Graduate/Junior Engineer - Mechanical . We welcome your application if you believe you meet the requirements for this position.


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Chemical Engineering In-Service-Trainee Opportunity at Sappi Southern Africa


Closing Date 31 December 2020


Sappi Technology Centre requires 2 Chemical Engineering students to participate and assist with laboratory tests for projects for a period of 12 months, to gain experience needed for completion of a tertiary degree/diploma


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Trainee Accountant Opportunity at Mazars


Closing Date 31 December 2020


Article clerks perform audits on allocated clients. Registering for a SAICA training contract enables candidates to specialise in the audit function. 3 year SAICA Training Contracts are available to Graduates and Postgraduates who have completed an Accounting/Auditing degree at a SAICA accredited university.


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