EMEA Graduate Programme

Looking for The Best in The Industry? So Are We!

With a keen focus on technology innovation, domain expertise, integrity and corporate responsibility, Rockwell Automation is committed to delivering the next generation of smart, connected manufacturing. As such, we are looking for people with the enthusiasm and determination to pursue a successful, long-term career in a company they are proud of.

If you share this desire, you’re the kind of person we want to work with.

Our Programme

Our Graduate Trainee Programme is spread over 12 months, combining three months of residential training at our EMEA Head Office in Brussels with placements and projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

During your time in Brussels you will have the opportunity to gain a general induction from EMEA leaders, in conjunction with soft skills training and technical updates & education.

Our Graduate Programme offers the opportunity to match your background, skills and interests with an environment that will prepare you to become a leader of change. We will support your growth every step of the way – through mentoring, networking and interactions with leaders across the organisation and customers from around the region – creating a unique, individualised approach.

Whether you’re interested in software, industrial or mechanical engineering, we have what you’re looking for… and much, much more. This programme is the perfect way to kick off your career!

Recruiting and retaining young talent is crucial to the sustainability of our business and to our company’s future growth. With the Graduate Programme, we aim to offer a unique opportunity for young talents, just out of university, to join Rockwell Automation via a fast-track. So that they are trained to be operational quickly, and gain the confidence that their contribution matters. Because we know this is important for their generation.

Thomas Donato, EMEA President

Why Join Us?

Rockwell Automation is serious about developing the talent of the future.

As part of our global workforce, you will be constantly engaged in fast-paced challenges. From the very beginning of your career, you can make an impact!

If you are successful in joining the programme, you can experience and explore the broadest possible range of career options. We will keep you at the cutting edge of technology and business trends and will provide opportunities for you to advance through continuous on-the-job training, exciting development programmes and diverse career paths.

We offer the environment, technology and support you need to build your future! Browse around. Meet us. See what we do. Learn more about a company that will Listen. Think. Solve.

  • Choose to be part of a successful global leader that consistently offers intellectually interesting opportunities.
  • Invest in an organisation that values your unique skill set and background, while igniting your passion for tackling tomorrow’s challenges.
  • Succeed in an environment that cultivates future leaders and recognises creativity and excellence.

Rockwell Automation has a strong culture of developing our people and creating enabling environments in which our employees can thrive. Our graduate programme adds another significant component to our already well-established programmes for engineers, and strongly aligns with the national agenda in South Africa of developing skills and creating employment opportunities for our youth.

Barry Elliott, Sales Director South Africa


You will be joining 22,500 talented and passionate people who are changing the future of industry. You will also become part of an award-winning organisation that is driven by ethics, integrity and a commitment to sustainability as The Connected Enterprise evolves worldwide.

Our people are the foundation of and the key to our success and future. We make it a priority to help you create a rewarding career. That’s not just talk – we take an active role in helping you develop the career you want. Because when you succeed, we succeed.

Here’s what we have to offer:

  • Career Development
  • Employee recognition
  • International exposure
  • Competitive pay and benefits

The graduate program has provided me with the opportunity to challenge myself and gain in depth knowledge about the incredible world of industrial automation. Through exposure to different countries, cultures and a conductive learning environment I have developed a hunger and understanding for the role I can play in this increasingly technological society.

Sinethemba Zulu, Graduate Trainee 2018


What requirements do you need to qualify as an applicant?

  • Bachelor’s degree – Minimum 2:1 or Master’s degree – Preferred
  • Just graduated or 6 - 12 months’ work experience in automation
  • Apprenticeship or internship is a plus
  • Available to work in Sub-Saharan Africa and travel in the EU
  • Must be available to start work by January 2019

How May We Help You?

Email your CV with a covering letter of what you can bring to the role and why you would like to work for us.