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Graduate Leadership Programme

Become a Wealthsmiths™ apprentice by applying for a graduate position at Sanlam and be placed in our Graduate Leadership Programme. The core outcome of this programme is to develop a pipeline of future leaders to strengthen our leadership bench across multiple disciplines.

This 18-month graduate leadership programme provides structured development opportunities focusing on self-development (leadership competencies) while at the same time it also gives you the opportunity to earn valuable technical experience across multiple fields.

How is it different?

  • Placement into graduate roles across the Sanlam Group
  • Functional and technical training to hone your professional skills
  • Structured leadership development competencies
  • Mentoring and group coaching
  • Networking opportunities with graduates and young professionals across the group
  • Many opportunities to discover the Wealthsmith™ in you

How do you benefit?

Sanlam offers market related salaries and significant additional benefits across a broad spectrum of roles. We also offer flexible positions from permanent to fixed term contracts of 18 months. We have a great track record of permanent roles being offered upon completion of the programme.

Who are we looking for?

You should graduate at the end of 2018 with either an undergraduate or honours degree in the fields required for the graduate position you are applying for.

The following key criteria must be met:

No previous permanent work experience

Academic performance record average of at least 65%

Leadership in community, university or sport activities

Applications Closed for 2019

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit – are innovative with a solution-oriented focus – then we are looking for you! The Sanlam Graduate Leadership Programme offers graduate positions in finance, investment, accounting, actuarial science, underwriting, IT and more. These placements are available in Cape Town and Johannesburg across the entire Sanlam Group, including MiWay. View the Sanlam Group Structure.

The application process to the Sanlam Graduate Programme has closed. We are currently in the process of reviewing applications.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Only online applications will be accepted.

Who can apply?

Final undergraduate and honours year students with no previous work experience.

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

The programme start date is 01 February 2019.

Where are the Sanlam graduate positions based?

The positions are either in Cape Town or in Johannesburg. Should you not be based in these areas, you would possibly need to relocate. Sanlam also offers assistance with relocation.

What is the closing date for applications?

15 July 2018.

Are all the positions on the programme permanent?

No they are not but we do aim to retain all the graduates who have successfully completed the programme.

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

The Graduate Leadership Programme is designed for graduates with no permanent work experience. For positions requiring more experience, please visit

The Wealthsmiths™ Commitment

Sanlam is built on a respect and appreciation for people. This is why we give each and every employee the opportunity to make the most of who they are and reward them for what they’re worth.

There are many reasons why Sanlam is a great place to work and most of them fall under these six pillars: Reputation, Leadership, Reward, Growth, Balance and Connectivity.

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