SABMiller – The South African Breweries


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    OUR STORY-  | SABMiller

    South Africa has been home to The South African Breweries (SABMiller) since the company’s humble beginnings over a century ago in the midst of Johannesburg’s pioneering days of the gold rush. Our history can be traced back to Charles Glass and the Castle Brewery that he started in 1888. Glass insisted that his brewery sell only the finest beers, which were highly sought-after by the 200 pubs that had sprung up in the city at the time. That level of quality has stayed with us since the beginning.

    What really brings SABMiller strategy together is our Dream-People-Culture platform which is rooted in our 10 Principles and is the driving force behind our culture and everything we stand for as a company. Despite having operations in many countries around the world, with different national cultures, we operate as one company, with one Dream and one culture to unite us, and a clear focus on having the right people in the right place at the right time.

    SABMiller culture is built on ownership, informality, candour, transparency and meritocracy. We set ourselves stretch targets and are never completely satisfied with our results.

    SABMiller culture not only defines who we are, but also provides the energy and the focus to drive forward and achieve our Dream to be the Best Beer Company Bringing People Together For a Better World.

    SABMiller has Graduate Programmes that contribute to the development of talent. These programmes are designed to address the acquisition of technical skills and experience for a graduate.


    The SABMiller graduate program is one of the ways in which SAB contributes to the development of talent in South Africa. SAB runs an annual graduate acquisition process which culminates in the appointment of high calibre talent into a number of graduate development programs across the business value chain.

    A SABMiller graduate programme is a structured 18-24 month programme which is designed to address the acquisition of technical skills and experience for a graduate as well as familiarise the trainee with the SAB philosophies. The rigour of the programme should ensure that an individual that has completed the programme can be allocated an area of responsibility immediately.

    Graduate intake at SAB is impacted by a number of variables which include both the South African skills market and the business’ skills needs. Our Graduate Programme include opportunities in the areas of information technology, engineering, marketing and supply chain.


    SABMiller is committed to contributing to South Africa’s national skills development agenda. One of the ways in which this is demonstrated is by awarding academic bursaries to talented and deserving South African students. Bursary focus areas change from year to year and are impacted by the South African skills market and the SAB business need.

    In addition to financial support, our bursars are also afforded the opportunity to learn more about the world of work by participating in the resolution of real business challenges, through structured summer school or vacation work.

    SABMiller expects its bursars to maintain high academic standards and exemplary behavioural conduct during their years of study. After the successful completion of their degrees, our bursars join the company full time as graduate trainees.


    As one of the largest brewers in the world, SAB offers a powerful world of opportunity and purpose. We drive a high performance culture and expose our trainees to both our Soft Drinks and Beer Divisions in South Africa. Financial experience is gained across a variety of disciplines including sales, distribution, manufacturing and head office finance functions.

    Our CA Training Programme not only helps build business acumen, but also teaches invaluable life and professional skills in the commercial world. It involves a 3-year rotation plan, exposing trainees to management accounting; financial accounting; tax; treasury and internal audit; credit and group finance functions in our business.

    All our trainees are assigned a qualified mentor to assist in their development. Continuous competency evaluations are conducted in conjunction with external assessors.


    SABMiller is committed to contributing to South Africa’s national skills development agenda by focusing on both internal and external talent development initiatives. External commitment to the skills development of unemployed learners is demonstrated both through the SAB Bursary Scheme and the provision of Learnership/in-service training/vacation work programs.


    SABMiller’s unemployed learner programs are structured short-term contractual interventions which encourage job creation and promote talent development.

    Learners who take part in these programs will benefit from gaining critical functional and behavioural competencies which contribute significantly to the learner’s employment marketability.On completion of these programs and respective academic studies, many of the participating learners transition into full time SAB employees.

    At any given time, SAB has unemployed learner opportunities across most business disciplines. SAB partners with the various SETAs – particularly the FOODBEV SETA – to ensure alignment with the Skills Development Strategy within the FOOD BEV sector.

    Opportunities will be advertised on the SAB Careers Website and on our Peniel Agency website  throughout the year.  The advert will clearly specify what learnership opportunity is available, the minimum entry requirements, in which region the position is located and the contact person to whom CVs must be submitted. CVs will only be accepted in response to an advert.


    Vacation work opportunities are currently open only to students who are part of the SABMiller Bursary scheme.