Location: Johannesburg
Closing Date: 30 August 2012
Field: IT

Editor: Please read this post carefully as it is slightly different from traditional learnerships programmes.

Hogan Academy Intake – January 2013

FNB Hogan Technology Academy is a BankSeta accredited training provider set up to build necessary skills capacity within our organization. One of the major drives of the Academy is to source and train new IT talent and provide opportunities for those seeking a challenging and rewarding career. Since our inception we have provided over 160 unemployed youth with a chance to start working in the IT industry.

To this end the Hogan Academy is once again on a recruitment drive to enlist motivated achievers for our 2013 intake of trainees.

What the learnership offers:

  • Two career paths :
    • ITBLP
    • Cobol programming
  • Free Training
  • Contract employment for the duration of the training
  • Full time employment opportunities on successful completion of training

Minimum Requirements:

  • South African Citizen
  • Recent IT / IS Graduates
  • Recent Matriculants with at least a Level 5 for Maths & English. (HG – C)
  • Recent Graduates of other non-IT degrees who wish to pursue an IT career

The next course commences in January 2013. All training will take place at FNB’s BankCity premises in Johannesburg.

At the end of the course, candidates will be expected to complete a relevant 3rd party assessment at their own expense.

[Editor Update: From our correspondence with FNB representatives, students are required to pay to the assessment in order to encourage them to put more  effort into their studies. Further, the cost of the assessment, FNB representatives say, is a small fraction of the monthly stipend that students get during the course of the learnership. So, at the end of the day, the programme will not take money from you.]

In order to qualify for entry to this course, 2 aptitude tests would need to be written and passed.


Hogan Technology is an IT Service provider within the FirstRand Group that supplies IT services and solutions to various business units within the FirstRand Group. We have both the technical expertise and the infrastructure to deliver industry standard services. We run, monitor and support our systems 24 hours a day which allows us to sustain the highest levels of quality and availability

Cobol Programming

Computer programming (often shortened to programming or coding) is the process of designing, writing, testing, debugging / troubleshooting, and maintaining the source code of computer programs. This source code is written in a programming language (in our case Cobol).

The code may be a modification of an existing source or something completely new. The purpose of programming is to create a program that provides and automated solution to a specific business problem. The process of writing source code often requires expertise in many different subjects, including knowledge of the application domain, specialized algorithms and formal logic.

FNB Hogan Technology Development is responsible for the development, support and maintenance of all products under its control. FNB purchased a Banking package called Hogan developed by Hogan Systems in America. Since then we have taken ownership of the system and maintain it ourselves. Hogan Technology Development is the custodian of all Hogan Systems which include all our Products Houses, IDS, IPH, ILP & CAMS as well as the customer information system, CIS.

Information And Communications Technology (ICT) Learnership (ITBLP)

12 years ago leading companies from the ICT and banking sectors responded to a need for skilled IT staff with a learnership programme aimed at providing talented youngsters from the previously disadvantaged communities with advanced Information and Communication Technology training.

ITBLP in partnership with the Belgium Campus, offer a qualification of a high standard – aligned with the needs of the international IT industry. Learners receive a Diploma in Information Technology, NQF level 6, with a total of 348 credits. The courseware includes the following courses: Programming Java, Computer Network & Security; Mainframe; Microsoft .Net ; and Cobol.

The duration of the course is 18 months – comprised of 12 of institutional training and 6 months workplace training.

If vacant posts are available, employment is offered on successful completion of the course.

Admission requirements

ITBLP, sponsored by Bank Seta, Business Connexion, First National Bank, Gijima, MICA, Nedbank Ltd, South African Reserve Bank and Standard Bank, offers limited opportunities to applicants who are South Africans citizens and have matriculated and meet the minimum entry requirements for higher education as set out by the Department of Education, with at least a level 5 (Higher Grade C) pass in Mathematics and English.

How to Apply

If you qualify and would like to write the aptitude test, email the application form to ***************** with either “Cobol” or “ITBLP” as the subject line (depending on which programme you are applying for.

  • Applicants be willing to study and stay in the Gauteng Province.
  • Applicants must have a SA Citizenship, must have no bad credit rating and no criminal record.

NB: We will contact you to confirm an appointment date. If you have not heard from us by the end of November 2012 then you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.