Van Zyl and Pritchard is an internationally recognised
company based in Houghton.
It offers courses in Java Programming to anyone who
passes the initial acceptance test and is up to the challenge.
The Java Programming, six months course is free of
charge. The acceptance test costs R300.
The acceptance test is five hours long and requires no
prior computer programming knowledge to pass.
This course is taught from the basics up and gives
everybody who takes it a wealth of knowledge that cannot be found in a book.
It also provides guided practical experience in a
learning environment, where people are encouraged to learn from their mistakes.
This style of teaching gives the students a broader
understanding of the concepts of programming, allowing them to pick up new
programming languages easily and quickly.
Java is an object orientated software development
(programming) language that is easy to use. It is a diverse and globally
popular language that can be used to develop a multitude of different types of
software from robotics to banking.
This course also teaches the design and analysis steps in
the programming process which make the entire concept of programming easier to
digest and work with.
After the initial six month course a further compulsory,
two years inservice training is required. VZAP places you during these two
years, where you earn an hourly rate.
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Next Course Intake: March
In order to be eligible for this great opportunity,
candidates must meet the following requirements.
Course Qualification Requirements
- Have a
South African matric certificate. No previous programming experience is
the competency evaluation test.
- Have a
valid South African Identity Document and be legal South African citizens.
- Not have a bad credit rating. This
includes debt that may have been incurred at other tertiary institutions.
no criminal record.
their own computer.
competent in English.
People we are
looking for are
• Those who have completed a matric, a
bachelor’s degree or a national diploma in technology and are keen to start out
on a programming career with a little help.
about creating and building software.
demonstrated success through consistent academic results.
• Be prepared
to work in any area within the business where your skills are required.
To apply for this training course please email Susan de
Wet at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call her on (011) 447 5459.
My name is Riaz, a
current contractor in my first year of work for Van Zyl and Pritchard. I joined
the Van Zyl and Pritchard course in March of 2016 after leaving the University
The opportunity of
sponsored training with the prospect of being placed as a contractor through
them was difficult to pass up. Along with this, VZAP had a reputation in the
I.T community as being a firm that produces high quality and hard-working
been exposed to programming, I assumed that the training course would be
relatively easy; as it was geared towards beginners. I was wrong. While the
first few weeks were indeed easy, as we covered the basics, I soon found the
course covering aspects and ideas that I had never been exposed to in
university. The main difference was the practical approach to learning, and
being able to see how the theory relates to a real world situation. By being
tested every Friday we were continuously applying what we had learnt during the
past week from both a practical and a theoretical point of view. We also had
training on what to expect in the working environment in terms of coding
standards, how to conduct ourselves in interviews, and how to conduct ourselves
in the working environment, things I found invaluable.
Towards the end of
the course we were given a project and divided into groups of four. This project
was to be presented to both our course instructor, and various companies
interested in contracting through VZAP. The experience of both working in a
team, and presenting our work together taught me a lot about how software
development is done in the real world, and gave me a good idea about what to
Van Zyl and
Pritchard also hosted interviews at their offices where companies came and
interviewed prospective candidates to be contracted to them. Before each
interview we were given a good idea about what the company expected from us and
how the interview would be conducted allowing us to properly prepare. I was
placed at a firm that I felt best suited me and started work in January 2017.
comprehensive training that VZAP has provided, the move into the I.T. working
world went smoothly and has paved a clear career path for me. The skills I
learnt through them I still use today. They have given me a solid foundation on
which to expand these skills.