Telkom Graduate Development

Through Telkom’s Graduate Development division we set about creating of a young talent, future skills pipeline. This pipeline is business focused and assists our Company in meeting its strategic goals and objectives.

As part of our broader integrated Talent Management strategy, our Graduate Development initiatives are in place to support: Our Company, Our Country, The ICT Industry, And YOU… our future leaders! Our Graduate development initiatives include:

Full-Time Bursaries

Telkom supports young talent skills development through its Full-Time Bursary Programme. Full-time bursaries are offered for undergraduate studies in identified core fields, namely: Electrical Engineering (Light Current) Information Technology, / Computer Science Marketing, and Accounting.

Post-graduate bursaries are offered to candidates who continue their studies and research via the Telkom Centres of Excellence (COE) programme. This programme is a collaborative programme between Telkom, academia, the telecommunications industry and government to promote research in communication technology and associated sciences. Sixteen Centres of Excellence have been established across the country, making it the largest coordinated research effort in ICT in South Africa. Post-graduate bursaries via the COE programme are available in the fields of Engineering (Light Current) and Computer Science.

Graduate Placements

Telkom continues to show dedicated support toward Government’s drive for job creation and youth employment. On completion of their studies, full-time bursary graduates are appointed in fixed-term contract or permanent positions.

Bursars that are appointed on a fixed-term contract are provided exposure to practical training and work experience and are considered for permanent placement as opportunities become available during their 12-month contract period.

As part of their placement, Graduates engage in an extensive induction/orientation programme focused on the division, the company and entry into the world of work. Exposure and experience includes on-the-job training, mentorship opportunities, and tackling key business projects.

Internships / Learnerships

With a view to enabling skills development and aiding in the employability of the South African youth, Telkom provides a number of workplace learning opportunities. Our internship and learnership opportunities are typically 12 months in duration and including theoretical training as well as practical on-the-job work experience.

Some of the programmes offered by Telkom include:

  • Marketing internships (Young Guns programme)
  • Product House/Development internships
  • Industrial Psychology internships
  • Human Resource management internships

Other programmes offered by Telkom in partnership with external stakeholders include:

  • ICT internships
  • Learnerships (Telecommunications, Technical, Call Centre)

Professional Mentorship

In partnership with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), Telkom has signed a commitment and undertaking to support the development and ultimate registration of Professional Engineers.

Telkom has an accredited Professional Mentorship for Engineers programme which enables registration firstly as a Candidate Engineer and ultimately, on completion of the 36 month programme, registration with ECSA as a Professional Engineer. A formalised development track is in place and Candidate Engineers are paired with a dedicated Professional Mentor. Telkom’s Chief Mentor oversees this professional development programme.

Kindly note that our vacancies, including learnership and internship opportunities, are advertised on this website. Application therefore must be made online. Visit the Browse Jobs tab regularly as these opportunities are normally advertised as and when they become available. In addition, we would also like to invite you to follow our LinkedIn Company page and keep up to date with the latest at Telkom. To access the page you can follow this link: