Rio Tinto SA: Graduate Programmes 2021

Rio Tinto, one of the largest metals and mining companies in the world, is inviting suitable graduates to apply for its upcoming Graduate Programme offerings for 2021. Before submitting an application, make sure to review the minimum qualifications to find out if you’re eligible.

Founded in 1873, the Rio Tinto Group is the second-largest metal producer and mining company in the world. It produces copper, iron ore, gold, diamonds, uranium as well as refined bauxite. In 2019, the company posted a US$43.165 billion revenue and operating income of US$11.466 billion. Currently, the Rio Tinto Group has a global workforce numbering close to 47,000 employees.

Rio Tinto and Blue Horizon’s venture in KwaZulu-Natal is Richard Bay Minerals, one of the leading heavy mineral sands producers in the world. As South Africa’s leading mineral sands producer, RBM has been a big contributor to KwaZulu-Natal communities for more than 40 years.

Rio Tinto SA Graduate Programmes

Rio Tinto SA’s graduate programme runs for a duration of two years and is a comprehensive training programme where the successful candidates will encounter learning experiences that seek to provide the following:

  • Hands-on experience performing actual tasks
  • Professional and technical expertise
  • Exposure to innovational  technology, projects, and a wide range of digital learning materials
  • Be part of a deeply diverse and inclusive team environment that promotes collaboration across commodities, markets, geographies, markets and disciplines

Successful applicants may look forward to the above-industry salary, eligibility for an annual salary review, an opportunity to join the company’s share plan and a generous performance bonus. In addition, you will have access to health and medical benefits, well-being benefits, savings and pension plan, educational assistance and career development.

Rio Tinto SA’s graduate programme is open to graduates of any of the following study fields:

  • Process, Metallurgy or Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Science

Rio Tinto is also offering a Finance Graduate programme for persons living with disabilities with qualifications from the following:

  • BCom in Management Accounting, Accounting or Tax and Auditing

Who should apply?

Only applicants who have completed or about to complete or a bachelor’s degree in any of the fields mentioned above are eligible to apply.

Finance Graduate applicants with a CIMA qualification will have an advantage.

How do I apply?

Qualified applicants will need to apply online via the company’s recruitment page. Click here to get started.

Candidates who are persons living with disabilities are to apply here.

Application Deadline?

The deadline for submission of applications is on 22 August 2020.

For Finance Graduate Programme candidates, applications are open until 14 August 2020.

Rio Tinto SA reserves the right to discontinue the advert for any reason it may deem appropriate.

Contact Information

For more information, get in touch directly with Rio Tinto SA at +27 11 459 1260.


  • How long will it take to complete?
    The programme runs for a period of two years.
  • Is this a permanent position?
    Yes, and as such, successful hires will have access to above-industry benefits.

Click the link to view a PDF copy of the Rio Tinto SA Graduate Programmes 2021 advert or the Finance Graduate Programme 2021 advert.

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