Altron is a leading company that provides locally relevant innovative and integrated ICT solutions to business, government and consumers. The company combines technical expertise with in depth customer understanding to provide end-to-end holistic technology solutions. The South African listed Allied Electronics Corporation Limited (Altron) is invested in telecommunications and information technology through its principal subsidiaries, Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) and Bytes Technology Group (Pty) Ltd (Bytes).
The company was founded in 1965 and has a direct presence in South Africa, rest of Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. In addition, the group’s strategic partnerships with leading international technology companies gives it access to leading technology capabilities and products from across the world, including Asia, Europe and North America. Most of the group’s revenue and headcount are derived from the local market in South Africa where the group is headquartered.
The group’s primary focus is in providing innovative solutions in the fin-tech, health-tech, safety and security, as well as learning and developing verticals that have a meaningful impact on society by addressing challenges facing communities in South Africa, the continent and other places in the world the group has operations in, while delivering shared value for all its stakeholders.
Striving to be the world’s leading technology solutions provider, Altron holds on to a set of strategic priorities as listed below.
- Revenue growth
- Improving profitability
- Transform the customer experience
- Employee excellence
In 2013, the Altron Group formed Altron TMT (Telecommunication, Multi-media and Information Technology) incorporating Altech and Bytes Technology Group, with a joint head office in Woodmead, Johannesburg. The new division was created based on a need to integrate the Altech and Bytes businesses through an alignment of assets, the removal of duplicated cots through a shared service model and to have a more focused approach to customers in order to take advantage of both cross and up selling opportunities. Altron TMT is a highly-technology solutions group focused on providing value added products, services and solutions through the convergence of TMT, driven by market demand. As a part of Altron TMT, Bytes Technology Group offers a selection of services that support Information Technology in a wide range of different industries.
The Altron Group operates through a number of subsidiaries, which some of them are the following.
- Altron Arrow
The Altron Arrow provides Internet of Things (IoT) modules and components and custom ruggedized ICT hardware solutions. This company is about creating and deploying connected solutions, built on its experience working in the electronics manufacturing sector over many years. It offers expertise across a broad span of technologies from sensors, embedded compute, short and long-range wireless connectivity, gateways, cloud platforms and application development.
By offering logistics, manufacturing, engineering support and customisable software and/or hardware services, Altron Arrow is positioned to respond to all its customers’ needs, enabling it to create, connect, manage, and/or sustain Internet of Things solutions.
- Altron Bytes Document Solutions
Bytes Document Solutions is the largest Xerox distributor in the world, servicing 26 sub-Saharan African countries and offering the complete range of Xerox document equipment, software solutions and services.
Its Office Systems division provides services that encompass remote and mobile workers, digitisation and the provision of innovative solutions that harmonise paper and digital documents, through simple, one-touch functions. Meanwhile, the Product Systems division delivers specialised applications, such as transactional, high security, high volume and high-quality documents.
Altron Bytes Document Solutions also offers Managed Print Solutions where they handle everything related to print – printers, documents, supplies, support, people and processes. This approach delivers significant cost savings, reduced printing volumes and CO2 footprints, a rationalised, standardised and simplified printing landscape, watertight security and a digital transformation roadmap.
- Altron Bytes Managed Solutions
This company offers three key types of services:
- Financial Solutions, which focus on anywhere, anytime, any channel banking, delivering a positive consumer experience and harnessing leading technologies – such as IoT, Mobile Devices, Cloud, Big Data and AI.
- Retail Solutions, delivering world leading hardware solutions, supported by the most secure, globally advanced software solutions available, combined with extensive knowledge of in-store systems and support and vast experience and understanding of local markets, to meet all its customers’ retail requirements.
- End User Computing (EUC) Solutions, which meets business demands like productivity uptime, reduction in IT hardware and infrastructure costs and 24/7 maintenance and service requirements, through the provision of seamless, workforce management, desktop support and end user experience services.
- Altron Bytes People Solutions
The Altron Bytes People Solutions is the largest South African-owned Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) solutions provider. It offers a wide range of outsourced business process solutions to assist in the increased productivity and growth of the customer’s organisation.
Its services include customer experience solutions, inbound and outbound contact centres, outsourced training and learnerships programmes, skills development training and an extensive variety of leading edge enabling technologies, all designed to augment and support the customer’s organisation.
- Altron Bytes Systems Integration
This company is an end-to-end ICT service provider of consulting, implementation and outsourcing services. It covers financial services, public sector, retail, mining and manufacturing, travel and transport, energy and utilities, as well as telecommunications, media and entertainment.
- Altron Bytes Secure Transaction Solutions
This company focuses specifically on healthcare IT and e-Commerce solutions, managed payment solutions and electronic transactions.
Altron Bytes Technology Learnerships
Altron Group’s major subsidiary Bytes Technology offers skills development programmes where young people, who seeks knowledge and experience in the work environment, will be trained in order to be equipped with the skills necessary to become competent and productive employees and able to contribute meaningfully to future economic success. One of the programmes provided is a learnership. A learnership programme is a structured learning programme for gaining knowledge and practical skills in the workplace leading to a qualification, registered on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
The learnership programme is provided by the group through the Altron Bytes People Solutions, as the company focuses on empowering South African’s unemployed youth. They focus with these learnership solutions to empower the previously unemployed, build a competent and capable workforce through occupational-based skills development solutions, and ultimately provide the youth with practical workplace experience that will enhance their future employability. The duration of the learnership programme is twelve months.
The company has developed a range of learnership programmes designed to offer training leading to the acquisition of National Certificates – from NQF Level 2 through NQF Level 5 – across a range of areas. All learning programmes are aligned to unit standards and are registered with the relevant Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). The key areas of focus are:
- Information technology
- Contact Centre
- Business Analysis
- Generic Management
- Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services (FAIS)
- Business Administration
- New Venture Creation
- Marketing and Sales
- Education Development and Training (EDTP)
- Project Management
- Wholesale and Retail Operations
Requirements for Altron Bytes Technology Learnerships
Candidates for learnership programmes must meet the basic criteria listed below and undergo various skills and psychometric testing.
- A South African citizen
- Aged between 18 and 35
- Possess a valid Grade 12 certificate
- Have a clear criminal record
- Conversant in English and have good interpersonal skills
- Candidates with a diploma or degree in their field are encouraged to apply
- Unemployed and not studying full time
- Candidates with disability must provide a valid medical certificate
How to Apply for Altron Bytes Technology Learnerships
Candidates who feel they have met the mentioned minimum criteria may start their application online on the official learnership application form page.