BBD’s Grad Programme

Where your passion meets purpose 


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What you learn during the BBD Grad Programme

The formal 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 throughout the year, as well as through diving into project teams as a permanent BBD employee, our programme acts as a launchpad into a successful career in software development, while shaping you into a professional who thrives in any team.

Through a combination of online, in-class, group and individual learning, 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. More than just another grad programme with BBD. 

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More than just another grad programme with BBD

Grad tracks

Designed to provide you with a comprehensive foundation in your chosen career path, our programme offers three distinct specialties, each meticulously crafted to ensure optimal exposure and development. Explore the diverse tracks available: 

Software Engineering: Dive into the dynamic world of software development and engineering, gaining hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies as you participate in collaborative projects and enhance your coding skills.

Business Analysis: Sharpen your analytical skills and business acumen as you embark on the Business Analysis track. Learn to bridge the gap between business needs and technical solutions as you prepare for a pivotal role in shaping organisational success. 

UX/UI: Immerse yourself in the creative and user-centric realm of UX/UI design. Transform concepts into visually compelling and user-friendly interfaces while understanding the intricacies of user behaviour and interaction. The UX/UI track at BBD ensures you become a skilled designer capable of crafting interfaces that resonate with users.


Programme breakdown

BBD’s Grad Programme is your way to learn – based on heaps of research and a firm understanding of the industry, we’ve crafted our programme to not only further develop your core programming language skills; but also grow your knowledge of in a host of modern technologies, tools, applications and methodologies. 

We’ve broken the programme down into four key areas, each helping you get more tech savvy and comfortable with what you need to know so that you can thrive in this industry. The programme focuses on deepening your tech knowledge and gaining project experience throughout the year, while encouraging individualised learning where you dive into areas that interest you. Throughout it all you learn by having fun.  

Deeper tech knowledge
JavaScript and Web
Non-relational databases
System design
Security fundamentals
Data science
Individualised learning
Project experience
Learning through fun
JavaScript and Web
Non-relational databases
System design
Security fundamentals
Data science
  • 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
  • HTML and CSS
  • Relational databases
  • SQL Server
  • Data definition language concepts
  • Data manipulation language concepts
  • Normalisation
  • Understanding different database paradigms
  • Choosing the correct database
  • Practical application
System design
  • Design concept fundamentals
  • Design patterns
  • Service design
  • Architectural principles
Security fundamentals
  • Authentication
  • Authorisation
  • O Auth
  • Penetration testing
  • Cloud fundamentals
  • Cloud native development
  • Containerisation
  • DevOps
  • Cloud certification 
  • Core data analytics concepts
  • Applying data analysis
  • Big Data
  • Machine Learning
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

  • Full-time employee from Day 1; a BBDer first, a grad second 
  • Part of a client team from the get-go 
  • Gamified Continuous Learning Programme
  • Support and encouragement in creating a career you’re proud of
  • Own annual tech event – Esc@pe
  • Onsite tech lab
  • Endless opportunities to grow
  • Over 1 200+ super clever tech experts
  • Offices around the world with team crossing continents
  • Cultural exchanges between offices
  • 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
  • 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

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!