The Bill Venter Academy is a corporate university that focuses on continued education for Altron employees. This internally focused organisation not only provides bursaries to identified candidates in fields of study, but supports the career growth of Altron employees.
The Bill Venter Academy promotes the upliftment of education in South Africa across the primary, secondary and tertiary school levels. The Academy has been part of the South African educational landscape for more than 45 years, ever since our founder, Dr Bill Venter, recognised the value of education in contributing to a truly democratic South Africa.
The company has sponsored the rebuilding and refurbishment of many schools in rural areas across the Vaal Triangle, Pretoria District, Gauteng, Namibia and KwaZulu Natal throughout its 45-year history. In the 1990s, at the late President Mandela’s personal request, the Bill Venter Foundation and the Altron Group also funded and rebuilt two schools at his birthplace of Qunu and Nkalane in the Eastern Cape. This was followed by a school for the nearby Bomvana nation in Elliotdale.
Since then, Dr Venter was closely associated with many colleges, technikons and universities throughout South Africa. He sat on their advisory councils and contributed to their educational endeavours. His work included advisory roles at the universities of: Johannesburg , the Free State , KwaZulu Natal , Pretoria , Port Elizabeth , Wits , and UNISA He won numerous awards and accolades throughout his career and his introduction of the Bill Venter Literary Award had a huge impact on the local and international literary scene.
Naming the former Altech Academy in 2014 after Bill Venter was a fitting tribute to his legacy and passion for education.
Today, the Bill Venter Academy is dedicated to providing future generations of Altron employees with knowledge, sales enablement, management and leadership skills, technology and innovation education, and so much more. Our people are given the tools they need to equip themselves with knowledge so they can think out the box and change their futures.
To find out more about the courses that the Bill Venter Academy has on offer exclusively for employees and the bursaries available, visit the official Bill Venter Academy site here