ABSA South Africa: Graduate Program

Absa offers a program specifically designed for graduates who want to receive on the job training at a world class international company. The graduate program is open to university candidates across the country.

Absa, South Africa’s largest retail bank, is looking for Talent!

If you want to be a part of an international company, at the cutting edge of banking and financial services and at the forefront of development, the Absa Graduate Development Program is the place for you. The Absa Graduate Program contributes significantly towards building the talent pipeline in Absa, supporting Absa’s vision of pre-eminence on the African continent.

Graduate Program application process

Step 1 (April 2010 for 2011 applications)
The first step is to apply online for the Graduate Trainee position

Step 2 (Mid September 2010)
Short-listed candidates will be invited to complete Psychometric Assessments.
The invitation for our graduate trainee program will be extended via e-mail or sms.

Step 3 (Mid September to early November 2010)
Further short-listed candidates will be invited to an Human Resources Screening Interview.

Step 4 (Early to mid November 2010)
Successful candidates to proceed to a panel interview with Line Management.

Step 5 (End November 2010)
Candidates informed of the outcome.
Graduate Program content and format

The Absa Graduate Program runs for a year, during which time you will receive training centrally, as well as within your chosen business unit. During this year you will be developed towards a role within Absa, whilst enjoying the collegiality of being part of a bigger “Graduate” community.

1. Training is provided to develop:

» Knowledge of the Absa business and the industry as a whole
» Product knowledge within specific business units
» Systems and Technical job-related skills
» Leadership and self management skills
» Customer Centricity and related behavioural skills
» People Management processes

The Absa Graduate Program is a permanent offer of employment and as a result all standard employee benefits will apply.

2. The development environment:

The Absa Graduate Trainee Program supports the concept of coaching and regards this practice as an important management tool for learning and development.

Absa has a number of strategic partnerships with highly rated educational bodies and institutions in South Africa; such as the University of Johannesburg, the Gordon institute of Business Sciences (Gibs), the institutes of Banker (IOB), and Damelin School of Banking.

Forming part of a large global organisation provides access to a multitude of career paths, which includes lateral and vertical movements locally, in a pan-Africa or in an international context.

This culture and the attraction of high calibre leaders can only be achieved by having the best people management process in place. Absa’s processes are benchmarked against those of top companies in the world. Through these processes Absa is able to attract and retain top talent. At the centre of this approach is the Absa employee value proposition: ‘We value our people’.

3. Candidate skills and characters:

The Absa Graduate Program caters for university graduates across all fields of study to place in various areas across the bank. Opportunities exist in Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Durban.

We are looking for ambitious individuals who will be completing their degree and who are ready to take responsibility for their own development. Those who have a burning ambition to succeed and a driving need to make a difference in the broader context of the world of work.

People who flourish in the Absa environment are those who embrace and welcome change.

Absa caters for all types of individuals, whether they have a preference for being generalists or specialists. The company provides for a wide range of different career choices in various business areas.

4. Applicants must be:

» South African, Mozambican, Tanzanian or Angolan citizens,
» Have no more than 2 years work experience, and
» Either in their final year of study or completing a qualification

Click below for more info and apply online

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2 Responses


    i always wanted to work for a bank,im currently employed at a stock exchange company-i have full knowledge of banking sector because my current position is debtors /creditors.im eager to learn more and is looking for better opportunties.i will be forwarding my c/v and if there is any vanacies i believe il be the prefect canidate….looking forward to a favourable response””[email protected]
    0749742423-contact number..

  2. charmaine says:

    Bcompt accounting science graduate seeking for opportunities in all area of finance.
    Have previous work experience in a chartered accountancy firm and open to all challenges and exposures
    of the finance sector.

    Major strengths are auditing and tax and is looking to enhance skills in that area of expertise as well.
    Will be registered for CTA in 2011 and would appreciate any opportunity to learn and get broader work experience.

    I look forward to hearing from you

    [email protected]