Data and Digital Academy Traineeships Available With Sanlam

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If you want to build a career focusing on the digital economy and at the same time gain experience with a leading SA corporate this opportunity with Sanlam's Data and Digital Academy is perfect for you.

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This is an exciting opportunity with Sanlam's Data and Digtal Academy that is available for soon-to-be or recent graduates.

They are seeking bright minds who are eager to build and develop technical, analytical, and business skills while working on real business cases within the Sanlam Business Intelligence and Group Technology ecosystems. 

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.

Being selected for a Data & Digital Academy Graduate position will entail:

  • Permanent employment from the onset.
  • Market-related benefits and rewards.
  • Access to business mentors, qualified life coaches and subject-matter experts to guide your career advancement.
  • Hands-on experience in one of the largest and most diverse Financial Services organisations in Africa.
  • Access to secondments in a variety of agile-focused delivery teams to solve problems and co-create innovative solutions for the business.
  • Participation in real case studies that have been tailored for Sanlam, thus providing technical training and domain knowledge simultaneously.
  • Exposure to leading-edge technologies and the opportunity to apply your skills in the process of designing and launching new capabilities or experimenting to deliver MVPs.
  • Constant growth, facilitated through tech focus days, experimentation programmes and participation in dedicated innovation competitions.
  • Collaboration with experienced Sanlam employees participating in the programme.
  • Opportunity to build a career at Sanlam, and gain access to opportunities across a diverse set of capabilities, propositions, and geographies.

What will you do?

The Sanlam Data & Digital Academy is offering two exciting development opportunities over a 13-month period, aimed at launching your career in either the Data or Digital track.


Data Track:

  • You are passionate about all things related to data: finding patterns in data, using data to build insight, aid decision-making and process action, and to create real value.
  • You want to establish strong foundations in data management and data engineering, in a fast-moving and complex enterprise data domain.
  • You’re interested in tackling complex data problems, and learning how to apply AI, ML, predictive analytics and regenerative AI to datasets to deliver unique insights, prompts and direction.
  • You aspire to develop your analytical skills to grow your career in roles such as Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Data Engineer, or AI/ML engineer.


Digital Track:

  • You have a passion for engineering and solving complex problems. 
  • You aspire to grow in the domains of engineering and modern engineering with an interest in cloud-native architecture, Infrastructure as Code and application integration.
  • You want to solve problems by applying the latest innovations in the digital world, modern engineering practices, as well as modern integration patterns, and AI techniques.
  • You seek a career as a Software Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Test Engineer, Integration Specialist or Architect.

During the 13-month program you will receive

  • Ongoing technical training, real-world enterprise-level experience, business acumen and competency based training in a professional environment.
  • Guidance through coaching and mentorship from subject matter experts in the Sanlam Technology and Business Intelligence (BI) Teams to ensure that you are well-equipped to grow and become successful in your chosen career.
  • The opportunity to work cross-functionally in order to learn across various disciplines and be equipped with a diverse skillset, gaining access to multiple parts of the data and tech capabilities, and working with multiple parts of the business.
  • Rotate to different IT teams to get exposure to a variety of IT disciplines enabling you to find the best fit for your skills and interests.
  • The opportunity to participate in innovation competitions and tech learning days, such as the SGT data day, and SGT VR day, as well as vendor-facilitated hackathons.
  • Functional training and hands-on experience with the leading IT & BI tools and technology that will enable you to play a key role in Sanlam’s strategy to modernise the IT agenda and drive the data driven decision making capability.


Unfortunately this position has passed its closing date and no more applications are allowed. However you can view the vacancies page to see the latest job vacancies at Sanlam.



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