Volkswagen Group South Africa's Graduate Trainee Programme is your opportunity to explore the dynamic world of vehicle manufacturing. We place talented Graduates in full time employment, onto our 11 month Graduate Trainee Programme. Whilst on the programme you will be exposed to corporate, personal and leadership development, which will allow you to get to grips with the working world and lay a solid foundation for a successful career. On successful completion you will transfer to a full time role in the Division you were recruited for.
We at Volkswagen are proud of our graduates and their transition from students to business people in the corporate environment. We seize the opportunity to hear their take on the Volkswagen Graduate Programme and the tools the programme equipped them for a successful career.
Nicholas Coelho - Qualification: B-Tech Electrical Engineering, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Position: Pilot Hall Engineer
The VWSA graduate programme was a great experience and opportunity for me to transition from student to working life. The programme provided orientation, tips, exposure, development and skills to adequately equip me to start my career.
I received hands on exposure and production experience in the Body Shop and Assembly Hall and attended numerous workshops on topics such as presenting, leadership, teamwork and much more.
Thapelo Ramabulana - Qualification: Bachelor Commerce, University of Pretoria
Position: Audi CRM Brand Co-Ordinator
I joined the VWSA Graduate Programme in 2012 and was thrilled to be starting my career with a reputable, global brand.
Here I got to put into practice my theoretical learnings from university, learn about the corporate world and grow professionally and personally. When starting a career it is imperative to be in an organisation with a healthy culture and supportive individuals and that’s exactly what I found at VWSA. Having a supportive mentor whilst on the Graduate Programme helped immensely with my learning and growth.
Deshika Chetty - Qualification: Bachelor Engineering: Mechatronics, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Position: Project Engineer
The VWSA Graduate Programme introduced me to the working world. As a student who had just graduated from university, it was an excellent stepping stone to the professional work environment. The programme aided my learning and development as I received extensive and relevant training throughout the year. The programme provided me with a broader view of the company as I was exposed to different departments and got to learn and understand their functions within VWSA.
Jayd Bloem - Qualification: Bachelor Commerce, NMMU
Position: Internal Auditor
The Graduate Trainee Programme provided me with the opportunity to put into practice the theoretical knowledge I had gained at university with enough support to make the transition to the corporate environment a lot less daunting.
Emphasis was placed on my development and thus continuous training was provided throughout the graduate year to ensure that I was well prepared for the challenges this unfamiliar environment presented.
Taelo Mabena - Qualification: ND Engineering: Mechatronics, Tshwane University of Technology
Position: Component Engineer
The VWSA Graduate Programme was a great experience. It afforded me the opportunity to put the knowledge that I obtained during my studies into practice. The extensive induction process provided me with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the company values and culture. This aided my learning and growth significantly. The Graduate Programme also taught me how to overcome the career challenges that lay ahead. I am happy I chose this as a start to my career in engineering.