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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  

Parliament Graduate Trainee Programme Opportunity (Various Disciplines)


Closing Date 10 September 2020


The South African Parliament is offering Graduate Trainee Opportunities to suitably qualified individuals. Key Skills and Competencies are: Knowledge of the Constitution; The role and functions of Parliament; Parliamentary protocol & Ethics. Parliamentary Laws policies and procedures; Interpersonal and organisational effectiveness; Self - leadership; Training in area of specialisation – eg. Procedural Services; Research Services; Legal Services.


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Finance Graduate Opportunity at Alistair


We are looking for a Financial Graduate to assist in our Finance Department with ad hoc tasks relating to Accounts Payable, Receivable, Cash Management and Finance Control.  Please apply to our role if you are interested in gaining work experience in the Financial field in the Logistics industry. 


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Chartered Accountant Training Programme at the SARB Academy


Closing Date 30 September 2020


The SARB invites innovative and talented applicants to apply for its 2021 Chartered Accountant training programme. The aim of the programme is to address the shortage of CAs in the SARB and in the country.


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Redflank Graduate Opportunity


We offer our graduate candidates career paths and strong mentorship programmes. At Redflank, we believe in a strong sense of togetherness. Redflank invites applications from graduates of all disciplines.


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2021 Graduate Talent Program Opportunity at UBS


Closing Date 30 November 2020


UBS offers suitably qualified Graduates the opportunity to join their organisation. You’ll be working in our Investment Bank’s Global Banking (GB) business. You’ll work closely with the GB country and sector coverage teams, as well as the other product teams, providing coverage, advisory, capital markets and financing solutions for corporate, financial institutions and sponsor clients.


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British American Tobacco Graduate Opportunity


British American Tobacco has an exciting opportunity for a Global Graduate to join our Legal & External Affairs (LEX) team in Pretoria, South Africa. If you are a graduate with ambition and have the ability to go far and succeed, then the Global Graduate Programme in BAT is for you!!


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Pepkor Corporate Centre Graduate Opportunity


Pepkor is providing a 12 month work experience opportunity to graduates in their relevant field of study.


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Informatics Graduate Trainee Opportunity at Abbott Laboratories South Africa


Abbott Laboratories South Africa is seeking a graduate who is passionate about changing the way the world sees healthcare to join our team for a 12 month graduate programme.

We have an amazing opportunity for a graduate who has RECENTLY COMPLETED their studies in ONE of the following fields and must be currently unemployed.


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Bryte Life Tied Agent – Graduate Learnership Opportunity


Closing Date 21 September 2020


Bryte Life Insurance Company has created an opportunity for sales driven individuals with entrepreneurial aspirations to gain work-relevant experience in the Insurance industry by becoming a part of a 3-year learnership programme that will be focusing on training and providing guidance in long term insurance as well as specific Bryte Life products.


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Candidate Attorney 2022 (Cape Town Branch) at MacRobert Attorneys


Closing Date 01 December 2020


Applications for articles starting in 2022 are open! Our aim is to recruit well rounded high calibre candidate attorneys, who are committed and suited to the practice of law within the diverse and multi-cultural environment at MacRobert.


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Candidate Attorney 2022 (Pretoria Branch) at MacRobert Attorneys


Closing Date 01 December 2020


Applications for articles starting in 2022 are open! Our aim is to recruit well rounded high calibre candidate attorneys, who are committed and suited to the practice of law within the diverse and multi-cultural environment at MacRobert.


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Candidate Attorney 2022 (Durban Branch) at MacRobert Attorneys


Closing Date 01 December 2020


Applications for articles starting in 2022 are open! Our aim is to recruit well rounded high calibre candidate attorneys, who are committed and suited to the practice of law within the diverse and multi-cultural environment at MacRobert.


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BsC Information Systems Graduate Opportunity at Core Group


We are seeking a BsC Information Systems Graduate to join our Finance team. This will be to assist the finance team with data related projects. 


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Supply Chain Graduate Opportunity at Core Group


We are seeking a Supply Chain Graduate to join our team. Your role will include assistance with the inbound supply chain Management of inventory file data Management of CTO Supply Chain. 


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Business Administration Training Scheme Opportunity at Siemens Energy


The Commercial Graduate Training Scheme (BATS) is a 1-year programme for young finance graduates. Graduates must hold a BCOM in accounting or Finance.


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Anglo American South Africa Graduate Opportunities (Various Disciplines)


Closing Date 11 September 2020 


Re-Imagine your career and help us Re-Imagine Mining. We’re looking for the very best graduates to help us re-imagine mining to improve people’s lives. Our SA Graduate Programme offers talented final year graduates the experience of meaningful roles, where you will learn, first-hand, how we’re helping to build a better future, for all.


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Software Development Graduate Programme at Dariel


Dariel has a strong commitment to the future leaders of our industry and offers a challenging and supportive environment that will encourage you to be the best that you can be. Our software development graduate programme is based in Johannesburg for BSc – Computer Science/Computer Engineering students in their final year of study. Only South African citizens and permanent residents may apply.


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Graduate Junior Consultant Opportunity at Keyrus


Keyrus is an international player in the transformation and performance of companies. We position ourselves as a strategic partner for our clients, assisting them in analysing and valorizing their data and developing and mastering their digital experience. Keyrus are experts in Consulting and Technologies, we create levers that generate value, thus helping clients take up the challenges linked to their transformation and performance.  We are looking for a Business Intelligence (BI) Junior Consultant / Graduate to help us develop and implement our business intelligence systems.


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2021 Financial Planner Trainee - Wealth, Opportunity at BDO South Africa (Johannesburg)


Closing Date 31 October 2020


The Wealth Advisors Trainee Programme is a two-year contract at BDO Johannesburg, successful candidates will be mentored by a qualified CFP® professional under the BDO mentorship programme. So, you are considering joining BDO in South Africa for a traineeship position. As the South African member firm of the global BDO organisation, one of the fastest growing professional services networks globally, you would be making a good choice for your future career.


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2021 Financial Planner Trainee - Wealth, Opportunity at BDO South Africa (Pretoria)


Closing Date 31 October 2020


The Wealth Advisors Trainee Programme is a two-year contract at BDO Johannesburg, successful candidates will be mentored by a qualified CFP® professional under the BDO mentorship programme. So, you are considering joining BDO in South Africa for a traineeship position. As the South African member firm of the global BDO organisation, one of the fastest growing professional services networks globally, you would be making a good choice for your future career.


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Associate Solutions Engineer Graduate Opportunity at Cisco


Are you ready to change the World? Do you want to be passionate about your employer and the brand you represent? Everything is converging on the Internet, making networked connections more meaningful than ever before in our lives. Our employees' groundbreaking ideas impact everything imaginable - from entertainment, retail, healthcare, and education, to public and private sectors, smart cities, and everyday devices in our homes. Here, that means you will take creative ideas from the drawing board to dynamic solutions that have real world impact. You'll collaborate with Cisco leaders, partner with expert mentors, and develop incredible relationships with colleagues who share your interest in connecting the unconnected. You'll be part a team that cares about its customers, enjoys having fun, and you'll take part in changing the lives of those in our local communities. Come prepared to be encouraged and inspired! You’ll be part of our Cisco Sales Associates Program (CSAP), an award-winning and industry recognized early-in-career development program for top university graduates from around the world. You’ll train alongside incredibly talented individuals, like yourself, from different countries and diverse backgrounds. Early on, you’ll make long-lasting friendships and belong to a rich human network that will support you throughout your career.


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Associate Project Manager Graduate Opportunity at Cisco


The Internet of Everything is a phenomenon driving new opportunities for Cisco and it's transforming our customers' businesses worldwide. We are pioneers and have been since the early days of connectivity. Today, we are building teams that are expanding our technology solutions in the mobile, cloud, security, IT, and big data spaces, including software and consulting services. As Cisco delivers the network that powers the Internet, we are connecting the unconnected. Imagine creating unprecedented disruption. Your revolutionary ideas will impact everything from retail, healthcare, and entertainment, to public and private sectors, and far beyond. Collaborate with like-minded innovators in a fun and flexible culture that has earned Cisco global recognition as a Great Place To Work. With roughly 10 billion connected things in the world now and over 50 billion estimated in the future, your career has exponential possibilities at Cisco.  So if your desire to work in leading-edge technology is matched by your drive to make a difference then the Associate Project Manager (aPM) role is the right challenge for you.


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Associate Sales Representative Graduate Opportunity at Cisco


You’ll be part of our Cisco Sales Associates Program (CSAP), an award-winning and industry recognized early-in-career development program for top university graduates from around the world. You’ll train alongside incredibly talented individuals, like yourself, from different countries and diverse backgrounds. Early on, you’ll make long-lasting friendships and belong to a rich human network that will support you throughout your career. As a successful Associate Sales Representative (ASR), you’ll learn to discover, build and drive new opportunities with our Cisco partners while collaborating with Cisco engineers to provide technical solutions that drive business outcomes for our customers. You’ll learn from top authorities and coaches in an unrivaled setting using our own leading-edge technology. You’ll have your own mentor, a CSAP alumnus who’s been in your shoes and will help guide you in your first year. With a strong Cisco team committed to your success, you’ll gain hands-on education and experience, while receiving an attractive salary and pursuing your career dreams!


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CAD Trainee Opportunity at Hatch


Looking to take the next step in your career? Hatch is currently seeking a highly motivated CAD Trainee to join the Project Delivery Group  in Johannesburg.


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2021 Workplace Experience Student (Various Departments)


An opportunity to work on and support projects within Tiger Brands. You will encounter many of the different areas within Tiger, e.g: Commercial, Supply Chain, Finance, HR, Corporate Affairs, Bakeries


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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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BCom Graduate Opportunity (Western Cape) at Intelligent Data Management


IDM is an award winning industry leader in debt management, a company whose growth shows no sign of slowing down. Have you just completed a financial industry-related qualification e.g. a National Diploma or Degree in Management, Finance, Business, Accounting etc.? Are you looking for permanent employment the Financial Services Industry? Are you full of energy, confident and ambitious? If you have said yes to all the above questions, then this is the opportunity for you!


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Danone IT Graduate Opportunity


DANONE DAIRY EGYPT, a subsidiary of Danone, is looking for Danone IS/IT Graduate South Africa (ZA) Bryanston/Boksburg Danone is a global food company holding top positions in healthy food through its four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission, bringing health through food to as many people as possible, embodies commitment to human progress and business success. It gives meaning to the work of our 100,000 Danoners worldwide on an everyday basis. For passionate people looking for autonomy and exciting career opportunities, Danone truly has something special inside!  


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Danone Finance Graduate Opportunity


Danone Southern Africa (Pty), a subsidiary of Danone, is looking for Danone Finance Graduate South Africa (ZA) Bryanston/Boksburg Danone is a global food company holding top positions in healthy food through its four businesses: Fresh Dairy Products, Early Life Nutrition, Waters, and Medical Nutrition. Its mission, bringing health through food to as many people as possible, embodies commitment to human progress and business success. It gives meaning to the work of our 100,000 Danoners worldwide on an everyday basis. For passionate people looking for autonomy and exciting career opportunities, Danone truly has something special inside! Danone Southern Africa (Pty)in CBU AFRICA is looking for young graduates  to join the Danone family as part of our Graduate programme based  in Bryanston and Boksburg. This programme will provide an introduction to the working world of Danone, as well as a strong foundation and further career development.  


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Legal Graduate Opportunity at Cognia Law


Cognia Law is recruiting LLB graduates for the 2021 legal graduate program. Cognia Law offers an alternative to candidates who want to experience a different side of law. The successful candidate will be part of a team based in Cape Town. The candidate’s responsibilities will generally relate to data collection, data management, and document review. The candidate will receive training so prior work experience is not a requirement. This opportunity will stand the successful candidate in good stead when applying for articles after the program.  


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Actuarial Graduate Opportunity at Milliman


For more than seven decades, we have combined technical expertise with business acumen to create elegant solutions for our clients. Today, we are helping organizations take on some of the world's most critical and complex issues, including retirement funding and healthcare financing, risk management and regulatory compliance, data analytics and business transformation. We are looking for diverse, bright-minded individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the actuarial consulting industry to join our dynamic team in South Africa.  


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Process Engineer Graduate Opportunity at Tetra Pak


Tetra Pak is looking for talented and highly motivated new graduates to join our development programme and become the next generation of engineers and leaders in our industry. We are currently recruiting for Future Talent: Process Enigineer position. #JobSeekersSA #OpportunityAlert #HireAGraduate


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AVI Graduate Programme (PROJECT MANAGEMENT GRADUATE)


Closing Date 04 October 2020


The AVI Graduate Programme is a 24-month structured development programme that provides a platform for talented students to learn critical skills and ultimately become leaders or specialists, through their involvement in and contribution towards key areas within the project management team. Indigo Brands is a leader in personal care and beauty products including female and male perfumed body sprays, roll-on deodorants, body care, face care, colour cosmetics and liquid fragrances.


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AVI Graduate Programme (MECHANICAL ENGINEERING GRADUATE)


Closing Date 04 October 2020


The AVI Graduate Programme is a 24-month structured development programme that provides a platform for talented students to learn critical skills and ultimately become leaders or specialists, through their involvement in and contribution towards innovative, technical and strategic projects.


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AVI Graduate Programme (FOOD SCIENCE GRADUATE)


Closing Date 04 October 2020


The AVI Graduate Programme is a 24-month structured development programme that provides a platform for talented students to learn critical skills and ultimately become leaders or specialists, through their involvement in and contribution towards innovative, technical and strategic projects.


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AVI Graduate Programme (FOOD SCIENCE GRADUATE (KZN))


Closing Date 04 October 2020


The AVI Graduate Programme is a 24-month structured development programme that provides a platform for talented students to learn critical skills and ultimately become leaders or specialists, through their involvement in and contribution towards innovative, technical and strategic projects.


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AVI Graduate Programme  (MECHANICAL/MECHATRONIC ENGINEERING GRADUATE)


Closing Date 04 October 2020


The AVI Graduate Programme is a 24-month structured development programme that provides a platform for talented students to learn critical skills and ultimately become leaders or specialists, through their involvement in and contribution towards innovative, technical and strategic projects.


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AVI Graduate Programme (SALES OPERATIONS AND KEY ACCOUNTS GRADUATES)


Closing Date 04 October 2020


The AVI Graduate Programme is a 24-month structured development programme that provides a platform for talented students to learn critical skills and ultimately become leaders or specialists, through their involvement in and contribution towards key areas within the sales department.


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Quantitative Analyst /Data Scientist Graduate Opportunity at KPMG Financial Risk Management (FRM)

 

The KPMG Financial Risk Management (FRM) team allows candidates to be involved in the valuation of some of the most complex derivative transactions in the market. The KPMG Financial Risk Management offers an opportunity for suitably qualified individuals to join their team for the Graduate Programme


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Graduate Property Portfolio Manager at Faircape Management Services


Faircape Management Services (FMS), a subsidiary of the well respected Faircape Group currently manages over 180 Sectional Title Schemes and Homeowner Associations. Based in the Western Cape, our focus stretches from the CBD to the Overberg. We have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Portfolio Manager to effectively manage sectional title / home owners’ association properties in the Western Cape. Graduates, gain exposure to the dynamic world of property and set your career on a growth path.


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Non-CTA Graduate Programme at PwC


Closing Date 30 September 2020


PwC offers a training contract is a learnership with a registered training office to suitably qualified individuals. Our graduates in this programme serve their articles over three years in our Assurance practice and learn through hands-on coaching. During your time with us you'll gain exceptional business, personal and technical skills which you will be able to use across the business and throughout your career.


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Actuarial Graduate Trainee Opportunity at Sanlam Group


Closing date 31 October 2020


The Sanlam Personal Finance (SPF) cluster is responsible for Sanlam’s retail business in South Africa. Sanlam Group offer opportunities to actuarial graduates who are looking to start their careers and qualify as actuaries. The Sanlam Actuarial Training Programme starts off with an unofficial ‘internship’ that lets you familiarise yourself with the inner workings of Sanlam by getting to know its products and systems. Once you have a good grasp of this, you will be exposed to more technical positions. We will help you develop your analytical abilities in order to further develop your actuarial skills. Your actuarial exam results combined with your on-job performance will determine how quickly you progress and are exposed to more advanced areas of this side of Sanlam’s business. 


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SAICA TRAINEE: ADVISORY (CAPE TOWN) (CAPE TOWN)


Are you a CA(SA) student? Are you looking for a trainee contract that offers you broad exposure to a wide range of clients, access to senior partners, and a supportive, friendly working environment that’s focussed on your skills development? Then Moore is perfect for you. Moore is fast-growing with, a modern innovative and dynamic approach to the profession.We are one of the world’s major accounting and consulting networks, with over 255 member firms and 579 offices in 114 countries. Moore South Africa has a national presence with firms in Cape Town, Benoni, Durban, East London, Mossel Bay, Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Johannesburg, Lichtenburg, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, George, Pretoria and Stellenbosch. Moore delivers expert audit, assurance, tax, accounting, advisory and consulting services to clients in almost every sector, including listed companies.  The network has 13 independent member firms across South Africa and is part of one of the largest global networks of firms in the world, Moore Global.


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SAIPA TRAINEE (GEORGE AND MOSSEL BAY) 2021 ONWARDS (GEORGE)


Are you studying towards the Professional Accountant (SA) qualification? Are you looking for a trainee contract that offers you broad exposure to a wide range of clients, access to senior partners, and a supportive, friendly working environment that’s focussed on your skills development? Then Moore is perfect for you. Moore is fast-growing with, a modern innovative and dynamic approach to the profession.We are one of the world’s major accounting and consulting networks, with over 255 member firms and 579 offices in 114 countries. Moore South Africa has a national presence with firms in Cape Town, Benoni, Durban, East London, Mossel Bay, Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Johannesburg, Lichtenburg, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, George, Pretoria and Stellenbosch. Moore delivers expert audit, assurance, tax, accounting, advisory and consulting services to clients in almost every sector, including listed companies.  The network has 13 independent member firms across South Africa and is part of one of the largest global networks of firms in the world, Moore Global.


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SAICA TRAINEE: AUDIT & ASSURANCE 2021 Various Locations


Are you a CA(SA) student? Are you looking for a trainee contract that offers you broad exposure to a wide range of clients, access to senior partners, and a supportive, friendly working environment that’s focussed on your skills development? Then Moore is perfect for you.  Moore is fast-growing with, a modern innovative and dynamic approach to the profession.We are one of the world’s major accounting and consulting networks, with over 255 member firms and 579 offices in 114 countries. Moore South Africa has a national presence with firms in Cape Town, Benoni, Durban, East London, Mossel Bay, Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Johannesburg, Lichtenburg, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, George, Pretoria and Stellenbosch. Moore delivers expert audit, assurance, tax, accounting, advisory and consulting services to clients in almost every sector, including listed companies.  The network has 13 independent member firms across South Africa and is part of one of the largest global networks of firms in the world, Moore Global. 


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SAIPA TRAINEE (CAPE TOWN) (MILNERTON/CENTURY CITY)


Are you studying towards the Professional Accountant (SA) qualification? Are you looking for a trainee contract that offers you broad exposure to a wide range of clients, access to senior partners, and a supportive, friendly working environment that’s focussed on your skills development? Then Moore is perfect for you.  

Moore delivers expert audit, assurance, tax, accounting and consulting services to clients in almost every sector, including listed companies.  The network has 13 independent member firms across South Africa and is part of one of the largest global networks of firms in the world, Moore Global. 


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CIMA TRAINEE (STELLENBOSCH) (WESTERN CAPE)


Are you studying towards the CIMA qualification to become a Chartered Management Accountant? Are you looking for a trainee contract with a CIMA accredited training partner that offers you broad exposure to a wide range of clients, access to senior partners, and a supportive, friendly working environment that’s focussed on your skills development? Then Moore Management Services in Stellenbosch is perfect for you. Moore Stellenbosch delivers expert audit, assurance, tax, accounting and consulting services to clients in almost every sector.


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