Student career opportunities

As a student or graduate there are several exciting opportunities within the PwC family.

As a student or graduate there are several exciting opportunities within the PwC family. From vac work that will help you put the theory you learn into practice, through to training contracts that will help you become a registered chartered accountant, there are lots of great opportunities available.

Advisory graduate programmes

For graduates who are looking to move into PwC’s Advisory (consulting) department we have a range of specialist graduate programmes. Our Advisory graduate training programmes vary in duration and scope depending on your qualification.

Foundation for the future programme:

This eighteen month rotational programme provides individuals with three months of exposure in the different business units of Advisory. This will give graduates the opportunity to receive maximum exposure to the vibrant consulting environment within our firm.

Forensic graduate programme:

If you are interested in a career within Forensic investigations and you have a Bachelor if Commerce in Forensics, Accounting, Internal Audit, Risk Management or Laws, then this programme is the place for you. For graduates interested in the Forensic Technology Services a background in Accounting combined with a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems, or a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science would be a strong merit.

This is a three year training programme whereby individuals will be required to become a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) upon completion. Graduates will have an opportunity to work on clients where fraud, corruption and economic crimes have taken place and a thorough, professional and independent approach is required to investigate the case.

Not only are there a broad range of specialties within the Forensic Graduate program, but opportunities for development from an Associate all the way to Partner is available in the Forensic Investigations & Dispute Resolution team.

Trainees will gain specific exposure in receiving a combination of formal and practical on-the-job training, further developing their skill set in the following service lines: 

  • Corporate Intelligence
  • Investigations
  • Forensic Technology Services
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Fraud Risk Consulting
  • Healthcare
  • Expert Accounting & Dispute Resolution

Our Advisory division also makes provision for graduates within the Deals and Strategy areas, where graduates have the opportunity to expand their experience in Financial advice, Mergers & Acquisitions and providing clients with practical ways of implementing strategy.

Who can apply for an advisory programme?

There is a place for you in PwC Advisory if you’re studying towards, or have successfully completed, your Honours or Masters in any of the following qualifications:

  • All engineering qualifications
  • Finance/ Financial Management
  • Investment Management
  • Forensic Accountancy
  • Accountancy
  • Economics/ Econometrics
  • Business Management
  • Business Science
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Management/ Logistics
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Informatics
  • HR/ Industrial Psychology
  • Law
  • Computational & Applied Mathematics

What are the selection criteria?

PwC is looking for well-rounded individuals who aren’t just academically talented, but show leadership in all aspects of their lives. Take a look at our “Skills we look for” section for more information.

What should I expect when joining the PwC advisory team?

As part of the Advisory team you will deal with:

  • industry leaders including operational IT staff, business leaders, CIOs, CFOs and CEOs;
  • the latest technology;
  • various business processes; and
  • the latest methods of consulting.

How do I apply for an advisory graduate programme?

If you’re interested in joining the PwC Advisory team please ensure that you upload the following documents when applying online:

Bursary programme

PwC has a bursary scheme that aims to attract exceptionally talented young people to the firm.

Bursaries are financial assistance given to students for further studies. Bursaries are awarded to students with an outstanding academic track record at school and/or university.

Bursaries are awarded according based on several considerations; merit and financial need, for example, and evidence must be provided for both considerations. Please bear in mind that bursaries do not generally cover the full costs of the tuition, accommodation and books and as a result applicants must be prepared to pay a portion of their tuition costs themselves.

Bursaries are also awarded on the condition that when you complete your studies successfully, you will be required to work for PwC on a training contract, gaining hands-on experience in the business.

Who can apply for a bursary?

Bursaries are awarded to students who are studying or intending to study towards South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) accredited degree leading to a Chartered Accountant (SA) designation at any SAICA accredited South African university.

What are the requirements for selection?

To be considered for a PwC bursary we look for the following characteristics:

  • Good interpersonal skills: When you work with other people you should show that you can get on well with them.
  • Leadership skills: For example, you can make things happen; perhaps you have a strong personality, or you present ideas very clearly.
  • Problem solving: It is important to be able to assess a situation and start working on a solution independently.
  • Teamwork: The ability to work well in a team and understand the importance of teamwork
  • South African citizenship: You should be a South African citizen with a valid ID number.

Requirements for matriculants:

  • You must be committed to studying towards a chartered accountancy qualification.
  • You must be intending to study full-time at a SAICA-accredited institution.
  • You must have a minimum of a Level 6 in pure Mathematics and English (1st or 2nd language), and an overall average of 70%.

Requirements for university students:

  • You must be studying towards a CA qualification.
  • You must be studying full time at a SAICA-accredited institution.
  • If you are a first-year student, you must be passing all university courses with an average of at least 65%.
  • If you are a second-year student, you must be passing all university courses with an average of at least 60%.
  • Third and fourth year students must be passing all courses consistently and must qualify for honours according to the relevant university

Closing dates

Please note that closing dates for bursary applications for 2018 are as follows:

Central Region: Mafikeng, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Welkom Offices 31 August 2017
Eastern Cape: Port Elizabeth, East London Offices 31 October 2017
KwaZulu Natal: Durban, Pietermaritzburg Offices 31 July 2017
North East Region: Nelspruit, Middleburg, Emalahleni Offices 30 September 2017
Western Cape: Cape Town, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Robertson, Worcester Offices 12 August 2017

Tax Services Graduate Programmes

If you are exploring the option of joining the world of taxation the following options are available to you:

Tax Academy (SAIT)

In the past 10 years, more than 100 young people have graduated as tax specialists through our unique PwC Tax Academy, a dedicated and structured programme we have fine-tuned over the years.

From 2014, PwC ran the first Tax Professional Internship of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT). This programme is aligned to the newly developed Tax Professional Occupational Qualification.

The duration of our programme is 3 years and allows our Trainees to work in various teams to gain experience in the various specialisms. You are able to apply for the programme after completing a post-graduate qualification in Tax.

What are the selection criteria?

Our Tax division looks for individuals who:

  • have a critical, analytical and solution-oriented mindset
  • can communicate with a wide range of people
  • has strong linguistic skills and loves reading
  • can unify theory and practice
  • enjoys numbers
  • is curious about tax, company law and contract law

How do I apply for a Tax graduate programme?

If you think you have the potential to join our high performing team on a graduate level apply here.

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Training Contracts

The term ‘CA (SA)’ refers to a chartered accountant registered in South Africa. In order to qualify as a CA (SA) you need work for a certain time in a professional services firm and during this time you’ll also be trained and assessed. This programme is more commonly known as ‘completing your articles’.

A training contract is a learnership contract and its duration is defined by the qualification you hold when joining the firm.

Benefits of doing articles at PwC

Although you’re responsible for your own career development at PwC, you’ll be supported throughout your time at the firm. Thanks to our performance mapping system you’ll receive regular reports on your work and progress, and areas that need attention.

You’ll also have access to a manager or partner to advise and guide you, helping you to build on your strengths and develop those areas that need attention.

  • You’ll also have access to:
    extensive study support programmes;
  • financial assistance so you can complete Parts 1 and 2 of the Public Practice Examinations as well as completing the PPE diploma course; and
  • access to training at PwC’s Business School.

Who can apply for a training contract?

You can apply for a training contract with PwC if you are currently completing, or have completed one of the following undergraduate degrees: a BCom in Accounting, a BCompt, a Bachelor in Accountancy or a Business Science degree that leads to a qualification as a CA (SA) at any South African university accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA ).

In addition to our SAICA training contracts, PwC also invites you to join us for our South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA ) article clerk learnerships. Articles will be served over a period of three years, and whether you’re in your final year, or a recent graduate, we encourage you to get in touch and apply.

What are the selection criteria?

PwC is looking for well-rounded individuals that aren’t just academically talented but show leadership in all aspects of their lives. Take a look at our “Skills we look for” section for more information.

What should I expect?

During your traineeship, you’ll be applying the theory learned at university to the practical environment. You’ll be working in a challenging business environment, travelling to clients on most days. You’ll interact with people on various levels: some will be experts with wide experience. Others will not, so they must rely on your skills and experience. Expect to work hard during your traineeship, but also to gain valuable experience. You’ll learn best business practices, managing people and financial reporting.

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How do I apply for a training contract?

Students already studying towards a CA qualification can apply to PwC for a training contract. You’ll be eligible to commence a training contract the year after completing your Honours or Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA).

Vacation Programme

Want to kick-start your career early? Participate in our vacation programme and you could secure yourself a coveted training contract at PwC.

What is vacation employment?

Vacation programmes or “Vac” programmes are offered twice a year in all our major offices. They happen once in June/July and again between November and February. Vac programmes offer you real-life work experience. You can actually see and feel what it’s like to work for a professional services firm through our interactive programme.

What happens in vac programmes?

Students spend between one and two weeks working at PwC.
• First-timers: participate in our fun and interactive induction week, where you learn about PwC and what it’s like to work in auditing.
• Second-timers: if you are invited for vac work again, you’ll work with one of our audit teams, often on site, gaining hands-on experience and completing tasks.

If you attend our vacation induction course you can expect:

• an introduction to PwC and a general understanding of the firm;
• team-building exercises;
• an introduction to our audit methodology;
• a visit to a client;
• a fun afternoon out; and
• opportunities to meet PwC managers and partners.

The benefits of attending vac programmes:

• You’ll apply some of the theoretical knowledge you have covered at university, but now in a practical setting.
• You’ll know what it is like to work at PwC.
• You’ll meet and interact with students from other universities.
• You’ll start to build up a network of contacts in the firm.
• You’ll gain a broader understanding of auditing concepts, helping with your studies.

Will I be paid for the vac programme?

Yes. Student rates are set within the industry, and they will vary according to region.

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Who can apply for vacation employment?

Any student who is studying for a BCom in Accounting, a B Compt, a Bachelor of Accountancy, or a Business Science degree leading to a qualification as a CA (SA) at any South African university accredited by SAICA.

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