Best Graduate Development Programmes

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Best Graduate Development Programmes

The success of a business is largely dependent on the talent of its staff. This is a reason why successful companies use graduate programmes as a strategy to attract talented graduates coming out of university and college. Even the biggest and most successful global companies all compete for the same pool of talent and target high achievers.

Graduate programmes have become a means of netting and recruiting high quality graduates for all sorts of professions and jobs. Graduate programmes have become a marketing tool to attract young people with lucrative packages and incentives.

Many of these firms promote their graduate programmes on their websites and by advertising good reasons why their firms are the best to work for. Successful organisations know that if they can attract the right talent they have the opportunity to build a raw recruit into a successful long-term employee. From the graduates point of view an internship or graduate placement within a firm is a fantastic opportunity to get a ‘foot in the door’ of the job market. It gives the student an opportunity to try out the job and the organisation to see if the organisation suits them and fulfils their own expectations for growth and development.

Here are some of the companies providing graduate development in South Africa:

Company

Website

Accenture

https://www.accenture.com/za-en/careers/graduate-home

Afrox

http://careers.afrox.co.za/?s=static&x=graduates101

Allan Gray

https://www.allangray.co.za/careers/

Anglo American

http://www.angloamerican.com/careers/graduates-scholarships-and-bursaries

Arcelor Mittal

http://corporate.arcelormittal.com/people-and-careers/graduates-and-students

ATNS

http://www.atns.co.za/bursary.php?id=107

Aurecon

http://www.aurecongroup.com/en/graduates.aspx

Aveng Grinaker LTA

http://www.aveng.co.za/careers

Barloworld

https://www.barloworld-equipment.com/careers/jobs/graduate-development-programme/

Basil Read Bursary (Civil Engineering)

http://www.basilread.co.za/careers.php

BBD Software Development

https://www.gostudy.net/sa/bursary/bbd-graduate-development-programme

Bigen Africa Services

http://www.bigenafrica.com/careers/

British American Tobacco SA

http://www.bat-careers.com/graduates

Deloitte & Touche

https://www2.deloitte.com/za/en/careers/audit-graduate-recruitment.html?icid=top_audit-graduate-recruitment

Ernst and Young

http://www.ey.com/za/en/careers/students

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

http://www.apply4law.co.za/

Coronation Fund Bursary

http://www.coronation.com/za/institutional/internships

Dariel

http://dariel.co.za/graduates/

Discovery

https://www.discovery.co.za/portal/individual/dfa-recruitment

Mercedes-Benz South Africa

http://www.mercedes-benzsa.co.za/careers/graduate-programme/

Engen

http://www.engen.co.za/careers/bursaries

Eskom

http://www.eskom.co.za/Careers/BursaryInserviceTraining/Pages/Bursary_Inservice_Training_639.aspx

Exxaro

http://www.exxaro.com/index.php/talent-pipeline/professionals-in-training/

First Rand Trust

https://www.firstrand.co.za/Careers/graduate%20programmes/Pages/default.aspx

RMB Graduate Programme

http://rmbgrads.co.za/default.html

Fluor

http://www.fluor.com/south-africa/careers/graduate

FNB Graduate Programme

https://www.gostudy.net/bursary/first-rand-trust-graduate-development-programme-

Ford South Africa

https://www.ford.co.za/about-ford/careers/graduate-program/

Group Five

http://www.g5.co.za/careers_student.php

Hillary Construction

http://hillary.co.za/careers.htm

Impala Platinum

http://www.implats.co.za/implats/careers.asp

KPMG

https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWebHost/home.aspx?partnerid=25390&siteid=5178

Liberty Group Limited

https://www.libertymutualgroup.com/careers/students-graduates/graduate/opportunities

Metropolitan

https://www.momentum.co.za/for/you/careers

Mondi

https://www.mondigroup.com/en/careers/graduate-opportunities/

MTN Graduate Programme

https://www.mtn.co.za/community/csi/Pages/chatered_accountants_programme.aspx

Murray & Roberts Graduate Programme

http://www.murrob.com/careers-graduate-emplyment.asp

National Treasury Graduate Programme

http://www.treasury.gov.za/careers

Nedbank Graduate Programme

https://www.nedbank.co.za/content/nedbank/desktop/gt/en/careers/youth-talent/graduate-development-programme.html

Old Mutual

https://www.oldmutual.co.za/careers-centre/students-and-graduates

Peermont

http://www.emperorspalace.com/ep-vacancies

Peregrine-Citadel

http://www.peregrine.co.za/Careers

Palabora Mining Company

http://www.palabora.com/training_and_development.asp

Power Group

http://www.powergrp.co.za/current-vacancies/student-opportunities/

PPS

https://www.pps.co.za/explorepps/careers/graduate-development-programme (dated)

Rand Merchant Bank  

http://www.rmb.co.za/grads/

SABMiller

http://www.sab.co.za/post/careers/students*

SABS

https://www.sabs.co.za/Careers/index.asp

Samancor

http://www.samancorcr.com/content.asp?subID=27

Sanlam Graduate Programme

https://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/career-opportunities/graduates/Pages/graduate-leadership-programme.aspx

Sappi Graduate Programme

https://www.sappi.com/graduate-opportunities

Selati Sugar Graduate Programme

https://www.illovocareers.co.za/Bursary-and-Grad

SENTECH Graduate Programme

http://www.sentech.co.za/content/careers

Siemens Limited Graduate Programme

http://www.siemens.co.za/en/jobs_careers/index.htm

SKA Graduate Programme

https://www.ska.ac.za/students/young-professionals-development-programme/

South African Breweries Ltd

http://www.sab.co.za/graduate-programme

Spoornet

http://www.spoornet.co.za/Website/git-programme.html

Standard Bank

http://graduate.standardbank.co.za/standimg/Graduate/index.html

ThyssenKrupp Engineering

https://www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com/en/career/

Vodacom Graduate Programme

http://www.vodacom.com/graduates.php

Volkswagen Graduate Programme

http://www.vw.co.za/en/volkswagen-groupsouthafrica/careers/graduate_traineeprogramme.html

WSP Consulting Engineers

http://www.wsp-pb.com/en/WSP-Africa/Careers/

A graduate development programme, sometimes called an ‘internship’, ‘work placement’ or ‘work experience programme’, is contractually limited to a fixed period of time, usually between one week and one year in duration. The programme gives the trainee ‘student’ an opportunity gain practical work experience and gain first-hand knowledge of the professional responsibilities involved in the job. In some professions, such as in the accounting, engineering, law, architecture and medical professions, an internship is mandatory to become fully qualified and to practice within the specific profession.

Graduates compete for a small number of job openings. Getting into a graduate programme is a great way for students to gain valuable work experience and is a ‘stepping-stone’ to a permanent placement and promotion. As an intern you get to prove yourself while working on-the-job. As an intern you get to try out the company to see how you fit in; the company gets to try you out to see how you perform without the disadvantages which come with hiring permanent staff. If you feel that you do not fit the culture then move on to another job. At least you will have gained some experience. 

Many Graduate programme target students in their final year of study at University or College and actively recruit these students on campus at a Job Fair. According to Wikipedia Job Fair or career is speed dating for companies and professionals. It usually takes place at a set time and plce at the university campus giving employers opportunity to meet with potential graduates and for students to interact with employers.

Companies don’t always target the students with the highest marks but most often look for well-rounded candidates who have a decent academic track record and with high employability skills. Highly employable students are usually well-rounded academically and socially, they particpate in sports as well as in  societies, clubs and student activities. Through interaction in these activities they get to demonstrate the team skills, leadership skills and communication skills which are highly valued by employers. 

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