ADvTECH places a high premium on its people, who add great value to the lives of thousands of students, parents, job candidates and clients. Attracting and retaining South Africa’s top talent in the sectors in which we operate is critical to the long-term success of our operations. Recruitment and retention strategies that focus on fair employment, competitive remuneration, appropriate work challenges, recognition and learning opportunities are integral in making ADvTECH a ‘Great Place to Work’. Our goal is to become the employer of choice in the education and resourcing sectors, and we participate annually in surveys to benchmark ourselves against employment practices in these industries as well as across the country.
The number of ADvTECH employees as at the end of December 2011 was 3 984 (2010: 3 827), reflecting an increase of 1%. The academic profile of the Group’s workforce as at 31 December 2011 is detailed in the table below:
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We are passionate about ‘growing our own timber’ (hiring our own graduates and promoting from within) and currently employ 334 alumni (2009: 322).
The key to consistent high quality service delivery lies in attracting and retaining well qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff. ADvTECH recognises permanent employees for dedicated service to the Group by way of Long Service Awards, which are presented to employees on completing five years’ service and every five years of service thereafter. At the end of the year, 945 (2009: 798) permanent staff members had been employed by the Group for at least five years with 42% of these staff members being employed by the Group for 10 years or more. In 2011, 338 (2010: 217) Long Service Awards were presented.
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