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Data and Digital Academy (Graduate Programme)

We’re offering two exciting development opportunities to help you launch your career in your field of interest. If you’re passionate about data and wish to grow your data analytical and technical skills, the Data track is for you. The Digital track is for those with a passion for digital technology who want to grow their skills in a fast-growing technological environment. Apply if you’re eager to develop your technical, analytical and business skills.

Apply for 2025

Sanlam Group Technology is responsible for the provision of a digitally enabled technology service as a group COE, drive business and transformation and provide group-wide digital and data architecture. We operate the various technology platforms and shared services, ensure Cyber and Information Security resilience, and act as technology governance and risk orchestrator for technology across Sanlam.

What will you do?

During your time in the Academy, you will receive ongoing technical and soft skills training in a professional environment, as well as guidance through professional coaching and mentorship from subject matter experts in the Sanlam Information Technology (IT) & Business Intelligence (BI) teams.

The Academy will allow you to work cross-functionally, providing you with the opportunity to learn and acquire knowledge across various disciplines. Through the training and experience with the leading IT & BI tools and technology, you will play a key role in Sanlam’s strategy to modernise the IT agenda.

What will make you successful in this role?

We are looking for graduates who embrace continuous learning, like to solve complex problems and wish to grow their career in either the data or technology fields.

A basic understanding of some of the following will be beneficial:

  • Programming languages and frameworks such as Python, Java, .NET and SQL
  • Data analysis, modelling and visualisation
  • Business and process analysis

Who are we looking for?

Candidates must possess at least one of the following qualifications:

BCom, BSc, or BTech in

Information Technology / Information Systems / Computer Science

BCom, BSc, or BEng in

Data Science / Data Analytics / Business Intelligence

Statistics / Mathematics / Finance / Actuarial Science

Industrial / Electrical / Chemical / Civil / Mechanical Engineering

Only students who already hold a relevant degree, or who will obtain a degree by the end of 2024 will be considered.


What you’ll gain

We’re all about building strong, lasting employee relationships. We know that you have hopes for your future, career and personal development, and that you dream of achieving great things. We pride ourselves in helping our employees to realise their worth.

When joining the programme, you can expect:

  • Permanent employment at Sanlam
  • A competitive, market-related salary with a host of benefits
  • Access to business mentors, qualified coaches and subject-matter experts
  • Secondments to different agile-delivery teams
  • The opportunity to work on innovative solutions and being exposed to leading-edge technologies
  • Technical training and domain knowledge
  • An opportunity to leverage skilled professionals’ knowledge and experience

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Only online applications will be accepted.

Who can apply?


  • Final year students or recent graduates with no professional working experience
  • Graduates with no more than 12 months’ post-university professional working experience
  • Work experience obtained as part of a work-integrated learning programme won’t be considered as professional working experience

Knowledge and skills: A basic understanding of the following will be beneficial: Programming languages and frameworks, database knowledge, IT data analysis, data security, risk management, and reporting and administration.

Personal attributes: Decision quality, demonstrating self-awareness, interpersonal savvy, managing complexities, optimising work processes, and nimble learning.

Core competencies: Cultivates innovation, customer-focused, collaborates, being resilient, and driving results.

If my application is successful, when do I start working?


How long will the programme run for?

13 Months.

Does admission into the programme mean that I am a permanent employee?

Yes, successful graduates will be permanently appointed by Sanlam.

Where are the Sanlam graduate positions based?

The positions are based in Cape Town at the Sanlam Head Office in Bellville.

Will I be expected to travel?

No, successful applicants will need to be based in Cape Town, where this programme is offered.

What is the turnaround time?

The job posting will close on 2 June 2024. The shortlisting process will commence once applications are closed.

Remember to upload an updated CV and latest academic transcripts when applying as we will not be able to process your application without this information. Please double-check that you have uploaded the required documents before finalising your application.

The selection process will be communicated to you in a live webinar.

Can I apply if I am a foreign national?

Only South African citizens will be considered for the graduate programme.

I am not a recent graduate, can I still apply?

The Data and Digital Academy (Graduate Programme) is designed for final year students or recent graduates with no professional working experience, and/or graduates with no more than 12 months’ post-university professional working experience. For positions requiring more experience, please visit

Our commitment to transformation

The Sanlam Group is committed to achieving transformation and embraces diversity. This commitment is what drives us to achieve a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace as we believe that these are key components to ensuring a thriving and sustainable business in South Africa. The Group's Employment Equity Plan and targets will be considered as part of the selection process.

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