Current opportunities for learners

Through PwC's training programmes, you will gain exposure to the world of work.

We know first-hand that you don’t need a degree to have a successful career. Students can make the most of their matric results by starting work straight away. Through our associate training program, you can work towards a degree while gaining relevant experience in the working world.

In fact, many of our school leaver alumni who now hold senior positions at PwC are living proof of this. Through our school leaver programmes we aim to attract a diverse pool of talented individuals and provide them with the opportunity to obtain formal training, a professional qualification and an exciting career journey.

Joining us straight after school means you’ll be part of a team, working on client projects, which means you’ll be learning on the job, building the knowledge and skills you need to progress through our business. No matter what role you take on, you’ll meet new people, build lasting relationships all while learning new skills that will help you make a lasting impact on the world.

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Our school leaver programme options

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Our various recruitment programmes available to learners and school leavers: 

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The purpose of the Business Orientation Programme (BOP) is to promote the accounting and auditing profession and encourage previously disadvantaged students to follow a career in advisory, audit or tax. PwC uses the programme to identify gifted, previously disadvantaged young people who might be interested in joining PwC through the bursary programmes.

The objectives of the course

The central objective of the programme is to help students to understand the financial environment better by encouraging an interest in the financial world and how it works.

The programme aims to create awareness of the various systems and structures in business. Students can use this understanding to interpret financial information that is generally available; for example, they will learn to follow the economic indicators - these are statistics that show the condition or level of the economy of a company or of the country. They include the prices of shares, the inflation rate and the value of the rand in comparison with the US dollar.

The content of the programme includes introductions to the auditing profession and to the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. There are also five specific skill areas:

  • An introduction to computers
  • Business etiquette: the customary rules of polite behaviour among the members of the profession or group
  • Setting up a mock business (not a real business but arranged for training)
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Drawing up a CV in a business environment.

Who can apply to attend BOP?

The course is open to previously disadvantaged BCom Accounting students in their first year, and Grade 11 students from previously disadvantaged communities.

The programme is currently run in Bloemfontein. The course is run at different times of the year in the various regions.

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Are you about to matriculate or a post-matriculant looking for a great opportunity to work and study at the same time? With us you can gain experience while you study – and qualify as a chartered accountant in five years!

What are our selection criteria?

  • You must have completed (or be completing) Grade 12.
  • You must have a minimum of Level 7 or 6 in Mathematics and/or Accounting.
  • You must have a minimum of Level 5 for all other subjects.

We have a limited number of vacancies for five-year training contracts in Gauteng. Applications for this programme open in August and close in October of each year.

It's the opportunity of a lifetime. Take it and forge your own path.

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Are you thinking about a career as a chartered accountant? Or maybe you have excellent marks in all your subjects at school, especially in Maths, Accounting and English and someone has suggested that you become a chartered accountant. But you’re not 100% sure what being a chartered accountant entails and whether it’s something you will enjoy.

Our job shadowing programme will give you some exposure to the job and the chance to explore what you might do as a CA, so you can decide if this is the right career for you.

What does job shadowing involve?

If you decide to participate in the programme you take a day off from school and spend it at a PwC office. You will follow or ‘shadow’ one of our trainee accountants throughout the day, getting first-hand experience of “a day in the life of a trainee accountant”. In most instances, job shadowing will also involve visiting one of our clients to see the audit process in progress and you will be given a few tasks to complete.

You’ll also have the chance to ask important questions like: What are the academic requirements to qualify as a chartered accountant? What career opportunities are available? What does PwC have to offer a really bright learner who is looking for a rewarding career path?


• The applicant should be in Grade 11 or Grade 12.
• Be serious about pursuing a career in Chartered Accounting.
• Get excellent marks in Mathematics, English and Accounting.

How do I arrange job-shadowing?

Contact the Human Capital Manager at your nearest PwC office. Please note we need at least two weeks’ notice to make the arrangements for job shadowing.

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