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When you join EY, you join a global firm with people at its center. Our culture is as diverse as it is inclusive, and we welcome those who think differently and work smartly. You’ll be challenged by the incredible work you have the opportunity to do when you join this firm and, through your exposure to our diverse clients, people and programmes, you’ll grow faster than you would anywhere else. Join our firm to learn in an innovative, progressive environment and develop quickly within your chosen career path.

Our Programmes

All EY Programmes listed are open for application from 1 February every year and applications close on 31  July of every year.

To apply to one of our programmes, click on the title below and follow the links.

  • Assurance Audit Programme

    We offer three-year trainee contracts to top-calibre students who are studying towards a Chartered Accountancy qualification at a SAICA-accredited university. Contracts are issued while you are still studying and confirmed when you successfully complete your qualification. Our firm is diverse, so if you are thinking about a profession in Tax, International Tax, or Transfer Pricing, then our Graduate Programme is also for you.

    Apply Now 

  • Assurance Audit Programme Eligibility Requirements

    You are eligible to apply for the Graduate Programme if you:

    • Qualify, or are registered for, a full-time B.Com Accounting or equivalent degree at a SAICA-accredited university.
    • Are a South African citizen, with a valid South African identity document.
  • Meet the Assurance Campus Recruitment Team

    An introduction to your on-campus team:  Watch the video now:

  • Business Experience Programme (BEP)| Assurance and Consulting

    We run Business Experience Programmes for our Assurance and Advisory service lines. The EY BEP Programme is designed to give students insight into the Firm’s culture and the services we offer our clients. 

  • Assurance Business Experience Programme

    We run Business Experience Programmes twice a year in July and November.

    Watch the video now: 

    The quality of an audit is determined not only by the strength of our technical accuracy, rigour and ability, but also by the strength of character of those who conduct the audit. Without professional scepticism, judgment and quality, an audit is just an audit. However, the questions that we ask during an EY audit help to create wider economic and social benefits today, and a strong legacy for a better tomorrow.

    Did you know?

    • Our audits are digitised from end-to-end.
    • We continually invest in leading technology to transform the audit delivery model.
    • We deploy technologies like robotic process automation, AI and blockchain.
  • Assurance Business Experience Programme Eligibility Requirements

    Eligibility requirements

    You are eligible to apply for a 2019/2020 Advisory Business Experience Programme if you:

    • Qualify, or are registered for, a full-time BCom Accounting or equivalent degree at a SAICA-accredited university.
    • Are a South African citizen, with a valid South African identity document.

    Apply Now

  • Advisory Consulting Business Experience Programme

    Our clients know we are experts in finance and risk consulting, but do they know we are at the forefront of newer, more innovative services?

    We have thousands of consultants helping clients grow, protect and optimize their business using analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain, robotic process automation, artificial intelligence and more. 

    Within Advisory, you can choose to work in one of three business areas, each of which is split into dedicated practices: Performance Improvement; IT Advisory; Risk; Cross Advisory; and IT Risk and Transformation.

    Risk: Our Risk practice is building a better working world by being insightful advisors that anticipate risks and respond with content rich offerings – we team across Advisory to help our clients create robust and agile risk-aware organizations and team  with Assurance to deliver the highest-quality audits in the profession.

    Performance Improvement: Performance Improvement (PI) is building a better world by helping our clients solve their most complex issues, whether they be to create growth, manage cost and efficiency, respond to market pressures and regulation, or just simply to resolve operational challenges. The scope of PI capabilities stretches from innovation, strategy and purpose, through deep functional expertise in customer, finance, supply chain and operations to providing support for complex and large-scale program and portfolio management.

    Regardless of their professional background or degree of study, an EY Advisory professional is …

    • connected, responsive and insightful
    • purposeful in every interaction
    • bold, transformative and a change agent
    • able to envision the big picture
    • curious and an active learner
    • a business advisor and C-suite influencer
    • an inclusive leader with a global mindset
    • a critical thinker capable of complex and creative problem solving
    • an innovator who asks better questions
    • an insight-provider after breaking down data
    •  an optimiser of emerging technologies
    • looking at digital from every angle


  • Advisory Consulting Business Experience Programme Eligibility Requirements

    You are eligible to apply for the Assurance Business Experience Programme if you:

    • Qualify, or are registered for, a full-time BCom Accounting or equivalent degree at a SAICA-accredited university.
    • Are a South African citizen, with a valid South African identity document.
  • Meet the Advisory Consulting Campus Recruitment Team

    Meagan Damons 

    I have worked in the recruitment industry for 10 years with a focus on Technology and Graduate Recruitment, Learning and Development. In my role, I am driven by my strong interest in the youth and education where I help identify and develop talent. This motivates me to help grow and elevate those around me.

    In my current position as Graduate Manager: Recruitment, I am responsible for recruiting and selecting dynamic, aspirant consultants within our Tax, Advisory and Transaction Advisory Services practices for one of South Africa's leading professional services firms.

    I always find joy in finding myself in a position where I am able to upskill, build and make a difference in another person’s life and this is why I enjoy working with the talent of tomorrow. 

    Clive Govender 

    I’m an experienced and versatile Master’s degree graduate with almost 10 years working experience. I have proactively been involved in numerous projects at EY and have expanded and grounded my focus within the Talent and Human Resources space at the Firm.

    My current role is a Graduate Recruitment Consultant with a focus on our Tax, Advisory and Transaction Advisory Services practices.

    I am a member of the Diversity & Inclusiveness Transformation Committee at EY where I’m passionately and actively involved in contributing towards building a better working world.


What our Grads say:

Terri Elie: Associate 2 | Actuarial Services 

I considered applying to EY when the Firm’s recruitment team first came to recruit from our honours class at the University of Cape Town. I submitted my CV for consideration and was later shortlisted. The Actuarial recruitment process involves a number of different interviews, a networking event and an assessment day. It’s a competitive process, so one has to have a lot more to offer than just a good academic record.

I’m currently an Actuarial Associate working in the Actuarial Advisory Division at the EY Johannesburg office. I wanted to join EY for the exposure to a variety of different projects and companies. I was intrigued by the company culture and global mindset of the organisation. It’s also very exciting to be able to be able to apply my skills, interact with clients and add value to the assignments I’m working on.

Buntle Khumalo | Associate | Africa, India & Middle East (AIM) | Advisory Services | Strategy

My interest in EY began when the firm launched the #EYMyLegacy flagship competition in 2017. I had initially found out about the EY Graduate Programme during my university’s career fair.  After completing a gruelling entry process, I was selected as one of 30 students to participate in the #EYMyLegacy flagship competition and I later went on to win it. Winning the competition allowed me to represent EY South Africa in the 2017 International Intern Leadership Conference and to join the 2019 Graduate Programme. It was at this Conference that I was exposed to the richness of the EY culture and it immediately inspired my interest to join the organisation.  I have learnt about so many things through the EY Graduate Programme such as change management, how to inspire clients with innovative and insightful thinking, the importance of leveraging relationships and network building, and also how to use research and analytical skills to stay on top of emerging trends.  I am currently in the Strategy team under the Advisory service line at EY. My career ambition is to see continued career progression within EY and to become a leading strategic thinker - assisting clients to transform their organisation through the application of innovation, digital capabilities and disruptive technologies to make positive contributions to society.

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