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Basic Hospitality Skills


The 14-week course prepares students for employment opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industries. The training received prepares students for positions as waiters and kitchen assistants. The course covers the basics from food preparation and hygiene to client service, the role of the waiter and table & beverage service.


Course Outline:

  • Cater care food preparation
  • Food hygiene
  • Safety and security in the kitchen
  • Handling and maintaining knives
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Balanced meals
  • Measuring ingredients
  • Cooking and baking terms
  • Dough
  • Eggs, vegetables, fruit, herbs and spices
  • Preparation of Recipes
  • Client Service
  • Role of the Waiter
  • Table and beverage service
  • Theory & practical training in Food Preparation and Food Service


Offered: Hermanus only 
Entry Requirements:   Basic literacy and a keen interest in food and people
Course Duration: 14 weeks full time
Times: 08h30-16h30 Monday-Thursday
08h30-15h30 Friday
Cost to student:

R350 (includes R60 registration fee)

Cost to Learn to Earn: R11 000 to train one student
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 2018 Basic Hospitality course cost



Basic Computers


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The main aim of this introductory course is to provide a stepping stone to other training opportunities, most students go on to complete our Basic Office Skills Course (Khayelitsha) or Basic Cashiers Skills Course (Hermanus)

Course Outline:

  • Using computers in everyday life
  • Computer hardware
  • Consumables
  • Drives
  • Windows 7 interface
  • Shutdown
  • Restart
  • Using Windows
  • Directories and folders
  • File Management
  • Introduction to MS Word - Office 10 

Offered: Khayelitsha and Hermanus
Instructor: Noziphiwo Jack (Khayelitsha) and Gary Parkins (Hermanus)
Entry Requirements:   Grade 10
Course Duration: 3 weeks
Times: 13h30 – 16h30 (Monday – Thursday) 13h30-15h30 (Fridays)
Cost to student: Khayelitsha R200 (includes a R100 registration fee)
Hermanus R200 (includes a R100 registration fee)
Cost to Learn to Earn: R1 200 to train one student 
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2018 Basic Computers course cost




Bake for Profit




The course is designed so that both baking and business skills learnt in theory are put into practice in real life situations. With the high unemployment rate in South Africa, the Bake-for-Profit project is meeting one of the deepest needs in communities throughout the country: the right to earn a living.

Course Outline

  • Basic Baking Business Skills – recipe costing, financial management, presentation of a basic business plan, identifying business opportunities, stock control
  • Safety and Hygiene
  • Measuring Techniques
  • Cooking and Mixing Methods
  • Baking with Yeast
  • Quick flour mixtures

Learners produce the following products:
Biscuits, muffins, koeksisters, chocolate cake, scones, banana bread, fried pies, vetkoek and bread

Offered: Khayelistsha  
Instructor: Yolanda Hendricks 
Entry Requirements:
Basic literacy and basic numeracy
Course Duration: 9 weeks, twice a week for 8 hours
Times: 08h30-16h30 Monday-Thursday
08h30-15h30 Friday
Cost to student:

Khayelitsha R300 (includes a R150 registration fee)

Cost to Learn to Earn:

R8 200 to train one student
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2018 Bake for Profit course cost


Annual Reports




Our annual reports serve as a record of the business of Learn to Earn for the period April-March. Below please find our reports for the past few years:

Current annual report - Learn to Earn Annual Report 2015-2016

Learn to Earn Annual Report 2014-2015
Learn to Earn Annual Report 2013-2014
Learn to Earn Annual Report 2012-2013
Learn to Earn Annual Report 2011-2012
Learn to Earn Annual Report 2010-2011
Learn to Earn Annual Report 2009-2010

Student numbers handout from AGM on 2 September 2016

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Case Studies


Learn to Earn is often approached by organisations and individuals to be used as case studies in doctoral theses, forums and workshops etc.

In 2012 we were used as a case study for the Trickle Out Research Project. Trickle Out is a research project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) examining social enterprises and environmental enterprises in Eastern and Southern Africa. The project considers the role and potential contribution of such enterprises to sustainable development and poverty alleviation. The project is based in Queen's University Management School, Queen's University Belfast.

In addition to our association member's research published by Learn to Earn. We have also worked closely with Ashoka and the International Labour Organisation. For the latter we did a large research project in 2009, on a 'Community Analysis of Social Enterprise Development in the Cape Flats area, Western Cape, South Africa', using the methodology and systems we refined through our own research projects we have conducted.

We have also partnered with the UCT Graduate School of Business in their annual research regarding GEM, The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor in 2009. We have a close relationship with ASEN (African Social Enterprise Network).


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