Standard Bank Group

Specialist Functions for Graduate Careers

Specialist Functions is the heart beat  of our business. The specialist teams set good practice standards at group level as well as working across business lines and countries providing expertise, guidance and professional services that are purposefully shaped to enable every part of the business.

Programme areas
Actuarial Graduate Programme
The Actuarial Graduate Development Programme aims to equip young, talented Africans with skills required in meeting future demands of the world of work, given the proliferation of changes within the technology space and insurance landscape within Africa.

The Programme is designed to help graduates embark on their professional careers and develop skills and knowledge.  Over a period of 18 months, through a rotation of invaluable experiences and exposure, formal training and mentorship, graduates will explore your potential and challenge the norm – to become a creative, ground-breaking business leader. 

Qualifying criteria 
  • Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Actuarial
  • Minimum 5 exemptions obtained at university
  • Must be able to speak, read and write English
  • Must be computer literate.
  • Must be a South African citizen

Programme duration: 18 months

Application dates: 1 February 2024 – 15 June 2024

Standard Bank CA(SA) Training Programme

This programme provides prospective Chartered Accountants with an alternative to the conventional auditing route to qualifying as a CA(SA).

In partnership with SAICA, we offer a practical, future-focused approach to the Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) qualification.

Over a period of 36 months, through a rotation of invaluable experiences and exposure, formal training and mentorship, you’ll explore your potential and challenge the norm – to become a creative, ground-breaking business leader, and a CA(SA) of the future.

Qualifying Criteria

  • Completed or completing SAICA-accredited Certificate in the Theory of Accounting,
  • Honours (HNS) in Accounting
  • Graduate Diploma in Accounting GDA,PGDA,CTA Level 2 or equivalent
  • Must be able to speak, read and write English
  • Must be computer literate
  • Must be a South African citizen.

Programme duration: 36 months

Application dates: 1 April 2024 – 15 June 2024

People and Culture (Human Capital) Graduate Programme

How our people think and feel about their work correlates directly with how satisfied our clients are, and how successful we are in delivering our strategy and performance aspirations. The People and Culture team in Standard Bank are continuously finding new ways to make our people’s dreams possible. 

Our purpose in People & Culture is to enable people to become the best version of themselves to drive our continent's growth. So, we're looking for talented types who align closely with our People Promise; individuals who are driven to win, empathetic and supportive, and committed to unleashing Africa’s potential.  

You'll help us bring our purpose to life, and ensure that we add value in the present –while also anticipating and capitalising on the future world of work. 

The 18-month programme consists of structured rotations and has a strong focus on learning-on-the-job, self-learning and technical training. Above all, you'll get to experience People and Culture as a generalist and as a subject matter expert, while interacting and collaborating with all levels of staff. 

Qualifying criteria  

  • Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in one or more of the following: Psychology, Organisational Psychology, Industrial Psychology, Human Resources, Neuroscience, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Data Analytics, Data Science, or Business Intelligence
  • Must be able to speak, read and write English
  • Must be computer literate.

Programme duration: 18 months

Application dates: 1 April 2024 – 15 June 2024

2024 applications open from 1 April 2024 - 15 June 2024.
Graduate application process

We believe in making dreams possible and connecting the brightest talent to the meaningful opportunities they need to build their skills, ignite their ambitions, and get closer to their purpose.

Step 1: Apply online

  • Visit the Careers Portal 
  • Go to the apply tab then select my profile.​
  • If you are a first-time visitor select tell me more to create your SmartRecruiters profile.​
  • Complete the profile information or upload your LinkedIn or Indeed profile to create a SmartRecruiters profile​
  • Once your profile has been completed and you have uploaded your supporting documents  then you can apply for your preferred Early Careers Programme.

Step 2: Interviews

Once you've successfully passed the screening part of our process, we'll invite you to a video interview for the programme you've selected.​

If your application is unsuccessful for your preferred programme, but you meet the criteria for another, we'll invite you to a video interview for that programme.

Step 3: Assessments

If you're successful at the interview stage, we'll then ask you to take part in an assessment. Each assessment we run is individually linked to one of our Early Careers Programmes, but we'll be sure to give you more information on what's expected of you beforehand.

Step 4: Offer/Decline

Although we'd like to offer all the talented applicants a place, competition for spaces on our Early Career Programmes is often fierce. That's why, post assessment stage, we'll prioritise letting you know whether your application has been successful or not.

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