2014-03-17 getcertarn

 “Every employer should help young South Africans enter the job market. While this is a start,” says Arnold Graaff, CEO of Code College in Johannesburg, “more needs to be done to help the younger generation find employment after leaving school.” Young South Africans struggle to find employment. In a drive to improve their lot, SARS now offers a special tax incentive to encourage employers to hire younger staff. If an employee is between the ages of 18 and 29 and earns R6000 or less, their employer can reduce the PAYE on their income as per the calculations set out by SARS.

Graaff cites the case of Xolani, a recent graduate of Code College’s Java  Bootcamp. “Here was a young gentleman who met our basic criteria – a matric certificate with a comfortable pass in mathematics. Further, he took our aptitude test and the results were very positive. But he had no way to cover his training costs. We decided to give him the opportunity to realise his potential and granted him a study loan.” Code College offers qualifying candidates loans to complete their studies, repayable once they have found employment.

Students sit the internationally recognised Oracle Certified Associate Java exam and Oracle Certified Professional Java exam. Once they graduate, Code College’s sister company and top IT recruitment firm Compuways places them with a suitable employer.

Xolani did well in all the modules he studied and went on to pass his Oracle exams. He also completed the course’s practical web application development project with distinction. Xolani soon received two interviews, resulting in a job offer as a junior programmer with a client of Compuways, a developer of cloud-based business software.

The employer, met Xolani during the course. “We recognised his potential and were keen to see how he developed.” In fact, on hiring him, the company decided to repay Xolani’s study debt in return for an agreed period of service. Also, they immediately sent him on another Code College course to learn database programming. The client has used Compuways / Code College for almost 8 years for all its recruitment, training and certification requirements.

The employers says that while the demand is great, there is a distinct lack of skilled Java programmers in South Africa and the number of frameworks and technologies used by development companies varies widely. This makes it difficult for employers to find developers with the qualifications and expertise they require for their specific needs. So, companies are on the lookout for candidates who can apply logical thinking to deconstruct problems and build up solutions. It’s natural for employers to train junior programmers over the long term to nurture their skills.  “Code College’s excellent courses follow the latest syllabi, turning out well-rounded junior programmers who have been exposed to the newest technologies and methods of programming. The result is that we can get new hires productive very quickly.”

Xolani says young people should take more interest in short courses. Many university leavers with computer science degrees find themselves overqualified and under-experienced. “Decide what you want to do, go for the short course and get the skills you need to start earning. The rest will come with experience.”

Through the efforts of companies like Code College, young South Africans have the opportunity to find employment and establish themselves in the workforce. Both companies encourage employers to support the youth of South Africa.

Code College also offers Boot Camps for Java, Python, JavaScript, Ruby Development. For more information, visit GetCertified’s web site at https://codecollege.co.za//bootcamps/java-training-course. Prospective students are invited to attend open days by appointment from Monday to Saturday.

2013-11-24 getcertarn

With the exploding popularity of Android mobile devices, the demand for competent Java developers is greater than ever. The Java programming language is used to create the majority of Android apps as well as the complex business systems they connect to for information.

While the skills shortage in all areas of IT continues, employers are wary of trusting inexperienced programmers with multi-million-Rand software systems handling everything from banking to games to national defence.

However, junior programmers with international certification and proven practical abilities are in demand. This is according to Arnold Graaff, CEO of GetCertified, a Johannesburg-based IT training company offering an extensive range of computer-related courses.

GetCertified’s Java Boot Camp gives school leavers the chance to kick off a rewarding career developing mobile, desktop, web, server or embedded applications. Applicants not only gain the knowledge to program well in Java, but also the evidence that they have the practical skills to tackle entry-level projects and the aptitude to progress to large-scale software systems. By the end of the Boot Camp, students will have created a fully functioning Java application of the standard required by most employers.

After training, students will be registered to sit for the internationally recognised Oracle Certified Associate Java exam and Oracle Certified Professional Java exam.

GetCertified partners with Compuways – a top IT recruitment company that has been placing tech personnel since 1990 – to find positions for students who successfully complete the course. “With their certification and demonstrable practical skills, and based on the standing orders held by Compuways for this class of developer,” says Graaff, “we can guarantee that we’ll quickly find employment for our graduating Boot Camp students.”

Graaff’s own qualifications – a BSc in Computer Science with Honours and 30 years in the IT industry – make him the perfect instructor. But how long does it take to turn out the ideal entry-level Java developer? Graaff gives an example: “Through our Java Boot Camp, an unemployed student with no prior programming experience achieved certification in 5 months and was placed almost immediately.”

Once training is complete, learners can further their qualifications with GetCertified’s advanced Java courses, such as the dedicated Android Development module.

Bursaries or study loans are available on request to applicants who provide proof of good mathematics scores (60% or higher), and who perform favourably on GetCertified’s aptitude test and face-to-face interviews.

GetCertified also offers Boot Camps for database administration, PHP development and Microsoft .NET development.

2013-01-04 getcertarn

Good day,

I would like to study Java programming.
I have no experience and knowledge of any computer’s program.
Please advice would it be possible?
Also I would like to know how long does course take, how much does it cost and when can I start?


Thanks for your enquiry.

What courses have you done before? What are your school subjects?
For a complete beginner (without good Mathematics record),  we often recommend to first study Web Development, and then move over to Java.
Did you have a look at our Level One and Two Diploma as part of our Job Seekers Diploma on our website?


2013-01-04 getcertarn
Dear Sir/Madam,
I would like to enquiry about doing these courses correspondence of if you have any type of correspondence course, seeing that I am situated in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Yes you can do any course correspondence. This is the same cost as the part-time course.
You should have a broadband internet connection and you will have your lessons over the internet with video conferencing software like Skype etc.
We can do a demo lesson if you would like to see how it works, please let us know.