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.