Absa Group Limited, formerly Barclays Africa Group Limited, and originally Amalgamated Banks of South Africa, is an African based financial services group, which, to this end, offers all its clients across the continent a range of retail, business, corporate and investment, and wealth management solutions as well as ensure a positive impact in all the countries where it operates.
Absa Group Limited is listed on the JSE and is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups with a presence in 12 countries across the continent and around 41,000 employees. Absa is the majority shareholder of 11 banks spanning Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania (Barclays Bank in Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia, with a further 2 representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria. It also has insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. Absa has also launched an international office in London, operating as Absa Securities UK, and are pursuing a corporate strategy to procure licenses in the United States.
In South Africa, Absa offers business banking, corporate banking, personal banking, insurance as well as wealth and investment management.
Absa employs people from a diversity of backgrounds and cater for various professions and fields from corporate bankers, actuaries, lawyers and researchers to creative designers and many more. There is a range of exciting opportunities at Absa to grow your career. These opportunities include business banking, investment banking, corporate banking, personal banking, private banking, wealth management, and support functions.
Absa offers learnership opportunities which take up to 12 to 18 months to complete, and are awarded in the following positions:
- ATM Technician
- Branch Manager
- Customer Service
- Debt Counselor
- Home Loans Officer
- IT Business Analyst
- Loans Officer
- Marketing Manager
- Treasury Analyst.
A learnership is an education and training program used to create a link between tertiary theory studies and practical working experience. Through a learnership program, students may obtain a registered qualification on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
During the 12 to 18 months of the Absa learnership, you will be trained, guided and professionally shaped to excel within your desired field.
As a learnership participant, you will be required to enter into legally binding agreements. The purpose of an agreement in learnership programs is to bind learners, employers and training providers, and outlines the tasks and responsibilities of each party.
Application Requirements for Absa Learnership
To be eligible for an Absa learnership program, applicants must meet all of the following minimum requirements:
- Be a South African citizen and permanent resident
- Be between 18 to 30 years of age
- Have completed Matric
- Have passed Accounting or Mathematics in Matric
- Not currently employed
- Be a computer literate
- Possess good command of the English language (able to read, write and speak in English)
- Possess good communication skills
- Be self-motivated and committed to learn but also willing to work
- Be able to work in teams
- Have clear criminal and credit records
- Have previous banking knowledge (advantageous but not essential)
- Have previous experience in the retail sector (advantageous but not essential)
Specific requirements may apply variously in each vacant position of an Absa learnership program.
How to Apply for Absa Learnership
Absa learnership opportunities are advertised on Absa’s website. To see all available opportunities, go to https://www.absa.co.za/about-us/careers/.
To directly search for available vacancies in South Africa, head to the Job Search Portal and use the filters option to ease your search. Choose the available position that you desire, and that of which requirements you’ve met, then click “Apply” on that same page to start your online application.
During your application process, you may be required to upload copies of the following documents:
- A certified copy of your South African identity document
- A certified copy of your Matric certificate
- Certified copies of any other relevant certificates
- A complete Curriculum Vitae (CV) / Resume containing contactable references
Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be required to complete an online assessment after submitting their online applications. Shortlisted applicants will then be contacted via email for a sequence of further selection process conducted through interviews.
Absa Learnership Deadlines
The closing date for each Absa learnership opportunity varies depending on the position as well as the branch. Some of these opportunities close in February. Others close in March or April. Most of the learnership opportunities are open within the last four months of the year and close during the first for months of the following year.
For more information, visit the Absa career website.