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VAT IT CA Entrepreneurship Programme

Level up your future.

Your opportunity to come out ahead

The CA programme.​

A SAICA accredited CA articles Programme focused on building CA(SA)’s of the future. We’re looking for creative, driven individuals who are ready to innovate, collaborate and lead. VAT IT is made up of a community of challenge seekers, problem solvers, innovators, and self-motivated business leaders. Are you up for the challenge?

Who we are.

The largest RegTech company in the world. A world-leading service provider within VAT reclaim, compliance, and corporate regulation. We service 20 000 clients including more than 50% of the Fortune 500 companies.

We have over 40 wholly owned businesses worldwide, servicing clients in 107 countries.

Not your average

CA journey.

While our trainees all have accounting degrees in common, we understand that everyone is unique, with different skill sets, interests, and goals – and utterly different future careers. We provide you with a flexible and dynamic environment in which you are sure to reach your potential and find your passion.

We don’t believe in waiting for your Articles Programme to be over before trusting you to drive our business. Our CA trainees have often found themselves at the forefront of new business initiatives, getting hands-on experience in building new businesses from the ground up alongside (not underneath) our business leaders.  

Our business is constantly growing, changing, and evolving. We know that our people are the engines of that change. We will support you and help you grow into your true potential. Through various rotations across our businesses and departments, you’re sure to find your passion.

Want in?

Here’s the process.

If you meet the requirements, take five minutes to fill out our application form. 

Candidates who are successful in the initial screening process are taken through a series of online and face-to-face interviews. If you are successful in these interviews, you are invited to our TOPP IT internship.

The internship is a crucial part of our recruitment selection process. It consists of business simulations, presentations, interviews, networking opportunities and social events. It is an opportunity for us to get to know you in a practical work environment, and for you to get to know us.

During your 3-year training programme at VAT IT, we aim to provide you with a solid foundation for building a successful career. We give you practical work experience and on-the-job training in various rotations, as well as additional upskilling training and mentorship.

Every trainee’s path within the articles programme is different. It is a flexible programme and although there are some core rotations, there is room for forging your own path within the organization.

The intention is for you to discover what you are good at, what you enjoy and what your future holds, having spent time in various teams and roles.

By the end of your articles journey, we hope that you will have found a permanent place within the organization, as many of our alumni have done. You will be starting your CA career on the front-foot, as you will already have made a name for yourself within the business and identified your strengths and passions. You may even have already established yourself within a leadership position.

Our business comprises of CA’s and other professionals that are like-minded, with the entrepreneurial qualities required to grow our business from strength to strength. We want you to stay with us long after your SAICA training contract has ended. Let’s build a future together!

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What we offer

we offer

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Practical experience

Board Exam support

At this point on your path to becoming a CA, you have proven your superb academic capabilities. We now want to take your hand for the next three years and ensure that your practical performance, people skills, management capabilities, process building, and decision-making abilities are advanced to match your academic capacity.

During your three years, you will rotate across our departments and businesses to get exposure to a range of skills and find your passion.

VAT IT provides trainees with access to accredited board courses in preparation for the APC exam. Our trainees also have access to a range of registered CA(SA)’s in the business for mentorship, guidance, and support. We’re proud to say that over the past two years we have had a 100% APC and ITC pass rate, as well as a Top 10 ITC candidate in our TOPP Programme.

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World-class mentors

A long-term partnership

The CA Programme has massive support from senior leaders in the business. Our company executives believe that our TOPP trainees are the future of our business, and they are therefore incredibly involved in the Programme. Moreover, across the entire group, there are many CA(SA)’s and other professionals who support, guide, and mentor our trainees.

Our hope is that you’ll continue to grow your career with us, long after your CA Programme ends. With endless opportunities, a vibrant culture, and like-minded colleagues, we’re sure you’ll want to build your career with us.

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Get to know the team

"The VAT IT TOPP programme is every entrepreneur's dream. The corporate work experience and opportunities I've received, having only been here for 6 months, are unmatched. It's helped my own business tremendously, and the network I've developed is worth its weight in gold. I'm so thankful I learned about VAT IT and left the audit route to join a programme that was made for people like me who want more out of their 3 years becoming a CA(SA)."

Daniel Martin

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"I absolutely love the never-ending opportunities and challenges offered by the program. I have grown immensely in the past few months in areas which I will actually use post articles. It is a huge privilege to be a part of such a dynamic programme where the skills and experience gained from working in relevant leadership positions equips me in becoming a well-balanced CA(SA)."

"For me personally, it's the autonomy and belief in my abilities that the managers and company at large have. They truly believe that they are developing the next generation of business leaders. This trickles down into every aspect of our day to day, from the work we do to the interactions with senior managers. They believe we can and that makes us believe it too. That's what makes this program stand out."

Lané Richards

Luke Tollman

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"Being in the TOPP program has challenged me in ways I never expected and I don’t think I could’ve achieved this growth just anywhere. From various roles in the businesses, different company cultures, inspirational leaders - it has been a journey of consistent learning."

"The exposure we get is incomparable, in my first 18 months I've been able to help build a new vertical in the business and grow it from 5 to 150 employees. I've been fortunate to travel to the UK & USA on a bi-monthly basis to meet clients and team members abroad. Where else can you have such exposure?"

Mishka Naidoo

Daneel Steinmann

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