More than a Grad Programme

This is your launchpad to a successful career


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What you learn during the BBD Grad Programme

The year-long programme starts in January in South Africa and August in India, and not only gives you hands-on project experience from day 1, but also exposes you to different languages, tools, approaches and methodologies to grow the breadth of your technical knowledge. By taking part in both group and individual learning with the help of dedicated advisors and mentors, this really is the launchpad for a successful career in software development.

We’ve also made sure to pack our programme with all the good stuff… because we wouldn’t be BBD if we didn’t have fun while working hard. From battle decks, team events, and game jams to tech talks and guest lectures – it’s a year like no other.

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More than just another graduate programme with BBD

Programme breakdown

We’ve broken the programme down into 4 key areas, each helping you get more technically savvy and comfortable with what you need to know so that you can thrive in this industry.

Deeper tech knowledge
System design
Security fundamentals
Individualised learning
Project experience
Learning through fun
System design
Security fundamentals
  • C# fundamentals
  • Object-orientation
  • Memory management
  • Testing
  • .Net Core
  • Java fundamentals
  • Object-orientation
  • Memory management
  • Testing
  • Spring fundamentals
  • JavaScript fundamentals
  • Syntax fundamentals
  • TypeScript 
  • Angular and React
  • Relational databases
  • SQL Server
  • Data definition language concepts
  • Data manipulation language concepts
  • Normalisation
System design
  • Design concept fundamentals
  • Design patterns
  • Service design
  • Architectural principles
  • HTML and CSS fundamentals
  • Graphics and scripting
  • Intro to JavaScript
Security fundamentals
  • Authentication
  • Authorisation
  • O Auth
  • Penetration testing
  • Cloud fundamentals
  • Cloud native development
  • Containerisation
  • DevOps
  • Cloud certification 
Individual learning
  • Personalised learning journey
  • Dedicated advisor
  • Access to valuable highly rated material
  • Collaboration with industry experts
  • Self-directed assisted learning
  • Meeting personal technical goals
Project experience
  • Hands-on experience
  • Dedicated mentor
  • Build in your primary language
  • Small to large teams
  • Collaborative work
  • Team-based learning
Learning through fun
  • Hackathons
  • Game jams
  • Tech talks
  • Battle decks
  • Internal and external guest lectures

Why you want to work with us

  • Offices around the world
  • Gamified Continuous Learning Programme
  • Own annual tech event – Esc@pe
  • Onsite tech lab
  • Endless opportunities to grow
  • Over 1 000 super clever tech experts
  • Easy access to mentoring
  • Exposure to a myriad of technologies
  • Proudly empower talented female coders
  • We attend and sponsor major conferences
  • Founded programme with Umuzi
  • Founding partner of WeThinkCode_
  • Involved in tech community
  • AWS Advanced Services Partner
  • Microsoft Gold Partner
  • Cultural exchanges between offices
  • Epic internal events and parties
  • Vibrant company culture

From grad to… CEO (and everything in between)

Did you know our CEO started as a grad back in the day? We’ve had quite a few grads start with BBD over the years, even before we had an official Grad Programme. As they’ve grown in knowledge and skill, these alumni have made some incredible career moves in BBD. Take a look at some of their journeys.

Kevin Staples


Charlene Cooke


Thabang Ledwaba

Software engineer

David Xavier


Ricardo Pinto


Here’s what our class of grads has to say

Lauren Mitchell

Junior software engineer

Pholosho Motala

Junior software engineer

Marcelle Bond

Junior software engineer

Darius Scheepers

Junior software engineer

Eddie Muane

Junior software engineer

Jason Parry

Junior software engineer

Sam Hillebrand

Junior software engineer

Marius Ludick

Junior software engineer

Chelsea Jessiman

Junior software engineer

Armin van Wyk

Junior software engineer

Sasja McKay

Business analyst

Bradley Pirie

Junior software engineer

Stuart Barclay

Junior software engineer

Perks of being a BBD grad

On top of all the perks of being a BBDer, here’s what our grads can look forward to

Continuous learning

BBD swag

Battle Dex

Tech talks

Grad trip

Access to Pluralsight

Pizza and beer afternoons

Dedicated advisors

Facetime with BBDers

Epic team builds

Hands on experience

What’s next? We’re ready!