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Sanlam Graduate Development Programme

Become a Wealthsmiths™ apprentice

As someone who’s freshly graduated, a head start can make all the difference, especially at an established, respected firm like Sanlam. Sanlam offers a diverse range of opportunities for graduates- from short-term placements, apprenticeships and graduate level roles across a broad range of disciplines, including finance, investment, accounting, actuarial, underwriting, IT and marketing.

Benefits offered to graduates:

  • 18-month development programme with the possibility of a permanent position.
  • Facilitated development focusing on leadership and self-improvement.
  • Interaction with other graduates in other parts of the business.
  • Group coaching.
  • Invaluable industry, hands-on experience.

For more information visit our Graduates website

Look for Graduate Programme opportunities under Current Vacancies between April and August each year.

CA Training Programme

Providing you with all the necessary support to become a Chartered Accountant.

Sanlam is recognized as a training site for prospective Chartered Accountants and is accredited by the South African Institute Of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).Trainees are placed on a 3-year training course designed with the following primary electives in mind:

  • Financial Management
  • Internal audit, risk management and governance
  • Taxation
  • Management decision-making and control

For the first 18 months, trainees are placed on the Sanlam Graduate Development Programme. This forms part of our aim to develop the CA trainees in the fields of both chartered accounting and leadership.

The programme is only available at our Group Office in Bellville, Cape Town.

More information is available on our Graduates website.

Look for CA Training Programme opportunities under Current Vacancies between April and August every year.

Actuarial Programme

This programme starts with an unofficial ‘internship’ allowing you to familiarize yourself with the inner workings of Sanlam through learning its products and systems. Once you have acquired this knowledge to an acceptable level, you will be exposed to more technical positions. Your analytical abilities will be honed 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.

The Sanlam Actuarial Support Programme includes the following benefits:

  • Study time during work hours
  • Financial rewards for passing those exams
  • Guidance and mentoring
  • What you need to apply for the Actuarial Programme


  • South African citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science.
  • Qualify for exemptions of at least three actuarial examinations by the time you graduate.
  • Strong computer skills. (Above average Microsoft Office skills are non-negotiable; coding ability in VB will be to your advantage)


  • Analytical
  • Flexible
  • Team Player
  • Integrity
  • Good communication skills

Look for Actuarial Programme opportunities under Current Vacancies between August and April every year.

Investments Academy

Are you passionate about the markets? Do you enjoy dealing with risk? Are you entrepreneurial?

This is a unique opportunity from Sanlam Investments for exceptional individuals to develop and hone their skills.

We have a range of businesses with different offerings, which present various opportunities that may be of interest to you. Successfully make it past our rigorous selection process, and our Investments Academy could be your best chance of becoming an entrepreneur, or launching your investments career.

The programme is geared to cultivate, develop and grow superior investment professionals with excellent track records.

Launched in 2014 as the Alternatives Investments Academy (ai academy); In 2015 the Investments Core expanded their graduate recruitment strategy to include all of their businesses. The objectives remain the same: to develop, nurture and retain a rich talent pool of exceptional young black investment professionals for Sanlam Investments and the industry as a whole.

The Investments Academy programme continues to be unique and was the first of its kind in South Africa. As such, it has successfully positioned Sanlam Investments as pioneers and has enabled us to demonstrate an active commitment to transformation, to celebrating our rich cultural heritage and diversity and to developing black investment professionals in South Africa.

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Internship Programme

Work Experience To Launch Your Career

Sanlam’s Internship Programme is aimed at unemployed graduates who are looking to gain real world work experience. The programme is endorsed and sponsored by the Insurance Sector Education & Training Authority (INSETA). The duration of the internship is a maximum of 1 year.

To qualify your diploma or degree should cover at least one of the following disciplines:

  • Financial Management
  • Legal or Compliance
  • Customer Relations
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Information Technology
  • General Management
  • Business Administration

Look for internship opportunities under Current Vacancies between May and June each year.

Vacation Programme

A Head Start for Your Chosen Career

Final year graduates get the opportunity to spend 3 weeks at Sanlam Investments during the June/July Winter holidays each year. We offer a structured work development programme designed to let students get an overview and better understand how the industry operates.

You are eligible if you are:

  • A final year student about to graduate
  • Studying in any of the following fields: Finance, investments, economics, accounting, actuarial science, mathematics or statistics.

The programme includes:

  • Job shadowing at the dealers’ desks and structured work activity in a specific business unit.
  • Advanced MS Excel training and entrepreneurship insights
  • A financial literacy course
  • Further development via the Technical Investments Induction programme
  • Business seminars on the Sanlam Group and Sanlam Investments Cluster offered by various professionals involved in specific business units.

Look for Vacation Programme under Current Vacancies between April and May every year.




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