ADvTECH acquires Glenwood House School
ADvTECH Purchased Capsicum Culinary Studio
ADvTECH acquired a 51% stake in Oxbridge Academy
IFC Invests in ADvTECH
Rosebank College opened their first digitally enabled Connect campus in Polokwane.
Summit College and Founders Hill were added to the ADvTECH Academies brand in January 2016.
ADvTECH acquired a majority stake
in Contract Accountants, a boutique specialist financial recruitment agency based in Cape Town.
ADvTECH appoints Roy Douglas as CEO with effect from 27 November 2015.
ADvTECH acquired a majority stake in CA Global Group (PTY) Ltd, including Mauritius-based Africa HR Solutions.
Rosebank College opened a mega-campus in Braamfontein, which incorporates the former Auckland Park campus.
Three revamped Vega and DSSA campuses were opened.
The IIE launched an innovative qualification verification tool called IIEMarque. The first of its kind in South Africa, this application allows prospective employers to instantly verify academic qualifications.
ADvTECH acquired Centurus Group of Schools.
Other acquisitions included Gaborone International School in Botswana (GIS) and Kathstan College.
GIS and Kathstan will form part of the ADvTECH Academies. ADvTECH Academies is home to multiple, distinct education brands. Each school brand retains its own identity and ethos but benefits from the expertise of the ADvTECH Academies management.
ADvTECH CEO, Frank Thompson notified the Board of his intention to stand down as CEO of the Group by 31 December 2014.
The Tertiary Division also announced the launch of its joint venture with the University of Free State for the provision of the four year LLB programme at Varsity College.
2011 marks the return to growth for ADvTECH. The group’s strong financial position enabled it to increase the pace of investments to position it for sustained growth.
These investments include three new campuses: Trinityhouse Littlefalls, College Campus Auckland Park and Varsity College Midrand.
The IIE continued to expand its offering, launching a number of new accredited degrees as well as two and three year diplomas. An association formed with The Open University of the United Kingdom will enable students to obtain international qualifications.
ADvTECH was included as a constituent of the JSE’s SRI Index for the sixth consecutive year.
ADvTECH acquired The Design School Southern Africa, a leading institution in design education.
Mr Brian Buckham, who founded the Group in 1978 and served as
Executive Chairman for some 15 years and as a director for 23 years in
total, announced his retirement from the Board. Mr Buckham was
responsible for the originating vision which resulted in the creation of
ADvTECH and led the Group in many of the strategic investments which
form its core today.
Mr Michael Sacks stepped down from the Board, having served as acting
non-executive Chairman since his retirement as Chairman in December
The Board announced the appointment of Mr Leslie Maasdorp as Chairman of the Group with effect from 1 September 2010.
ADvTECH featured in the winners list of the Financial Mail’s Top
Companies for the third consecutive year. The Group ranked 16th in the Business Times’ Top 100 Companies
and was listed as one of The Royals in this survey for qualifying in
the top 20 over the most recent three consecutive years. ADvTECH, for
the fifth consecutive year, qualified for inclusion in the JSE Socially
Responsible Investment (SRI) Index.
ADvTECH acquired Forbes Lever Baker (FLB), a specialised tertiary institution in advanced financial and accounting education.
The Group was ranked 16th in the Financial Mail’s Top Companies and 11th in the Business Times’ Top 100 Companies.
ADvTECH acquired Trinityhouse, as well as the following recruitment
businesses: IT Edge, Tech-Pro Personnel and The Working Earth.
ADvTECH was ranked 15th in the Financial Mail’s Top Companies and 16th in the Business Times Top 100 companies.
ADvTECH acquired the National College of Photography which was incorporated into Vega.
The Academic Advisory Council was established to advise the Board,
Senate and The Independent Institute of Education (IIE) on all academic
Vertex South Africa, a specialised advertising response handling
business, was acquired and incorporated into Kapele (Pty) Ltd as
Inkokheli HR Appointments, a niche brand specialising in the recruitment
and placement of human resource professionals, was launched.
The IIE was created to improve the Group’s academic leadership and governance.
Two Imagination Labs commenced operations.
CrawfordSchools™ became the first educational institution in South
Africa to be awarded the internationally prestigious Investors-in-People
Frank Thompson, formerly Deputy Chairman of Amalgamated Appliances, was appointed CEO of the Group.
Kapele Appointments (Pty) Ltd was formed.
A home grown recruitment brand, Insource.ICT, was formed to focus on
staffing solutions in the information and communications technology
ADvTECH entered the nursery schools market with the purchase of 18 pre-primary schools.
The second home grown education brand, Vega, was launched.
The Resourcing division was expanded through the acquisition of Cassel & Company and Brent Personnel.
ADvTECH was the top performer in the Electronics sector of the JSE and
featured in the Forbes Global Business and Finance magazine as one of
the Top 300 small companies globally.
The acquisition of Abbotts College
and CrawfordSchoolsTM formed the basis of the schools offering within
the Group. College Campus, the Group’s first home grown tertiary brand,
was launched. Trinityhouse was founded in Randpark Ridge.
ADvTECH acquired Communicate Personnel and Network Recruitment, which was the start of the successful Resourcing division. Tech-Pro Personnel was established.
Rosebank College was acquired.
The Group acquired Innovative Management Development (IMD) College and
Global School of Business which were incorporated into Rosebank College
and Varsity College respectively.
Crawford Schools™ commenced operations with a campus in Killarney.
Varsity College was launched in Durban to provide tuition support to 17 part-time Unisa students.
The Design School Southern Africa was formed.
Cassel & Company was established.
Advanced Technical Systems (now ADvTECH) was listed in the Electronics sector of the JSE.
Network Recruitment was formed.
Vertex South Africa was established.
Communicate Personnel commenced operations.
Brian Buckham founded the company which was then known as Advanced Systems Incorporated.
Brent Personnel was launched.
Abbotts College first opened its doors.
Rosebank College was established.
Imperial Underwood Campus, which was incorporated under Rosebank College, commenced operations.