Learn to Earn City of Cape Town Training Project
In June 2012 Learn to Earn entered into a partnership with the City of Cape Town's (CoCT) Economic and Human Development Department. From September 2012 till August 2015 LtE implemented a 3-Phase Skills Training Programme within 6 Sub-Councils across the peninsula.
Each phase of the programme was aimed at increasing the market related skills of unemployed residents that allowed them access to available employment opportunities in their local community and surrounding areas. The end goal of the programme was to:
- create job readiness
- increase the employability of participants
- link programme graduates to potential employment and
- cultivate an environment for successful entrepreneurship
The programme focus was in line with Learn to Earn's motto of providing a hand up through capacity building rather than a hand out.
The first phase was to develop each participant holistically through rebuilding dignity and self-esteem, laying the foundation for a greater level of participation and commitment to future opportunities. LtE did this by providing Life and Business Skills training before participants are selected for the second phase.
Phase two provided capacity building in a core economic focus area that contributed towards and enabled participants to become economically active.
The third phase focusd on a limited number of participants who demonstrated entrepreneurial ability and activity. Participants were mentored on a one-on-on basis and given an opportunity to access shared business services reflecting LtE's Enterprise Enabling Environment programme (E³ programme).
"Not to know what happened before you were born is to be forever a child' Cicero
As humans we are created to be in relationship with one another. In South Africa, however, we are still feeling the effects of apartheid. A system which promoted the dehumanisation, degradation, a lack of respect and the segregation of many South Africans. This system affected relationships between all South Africans and has resulted in a situation where many ordinary people are still struggling to break down old habits and belief systems.
Learn to Earn has taken the valuable inter-cultural relational lessons learnt in the organisation since 1998 and the result is The Encounter course – a real and important tool for revolutionising relationships.
The Encounter is:
- A programme designed for corporate teams to interact, grow and experience each other's differences and similarities.
- A practical programme that helps to establish understanding, communication and difference through the interpretation of symbols, actions and speech.
- A 'safe space' to identify and work through stereotypical beliefs/reactions we have towards others based on our racial and/or ethnic assumptions.
- A celebration where we have come from and to look forward to where we must go.
The Encounter's mission is:
To increase understanding of ourselves, our respective cultures and their uniqueness – the ways we interact with one another. Consequently to develop a level of consideration that moves participants beyond the negatives of the past towards better relationships.
Areas covered include:
- Interpersonal awakening: understanding your culture, my culture and the impact we have on each other
- The Experience: walk in another person's shoes
For further information please contact Learn to Earn Head Office on +27 21 671 2230
Industry Specific Partnerships
To accomplish our goal of the eradication of unemployment means that we need a wide and varied base of partnerships
We are grateful to the following organisations for joining us in achieving our mission and vision.
Stellenbosch Art Academy
Ruth Prowse School of Art
University of Stellenbosch
Cape Saw Mills
Wood for Africa
Having regular and on-going financial support, no matter how large or small, enables us to effectively serve the communities of Khayelitsha and Hermanus in proactive and life changing ways.
We are grateful to all those who have made either monetary or in-kind donations.
Indlala Iphelile - Poverty is Over
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Learn to Earn Staff & Boards
Learn to Earn's staff are based at our 3 sites. Our training staff are situated at our Khayelitsha and Hermanus training centres. Our admin staff are based at our head office in Claremont and at the Khayelitsha centre.
Learn to Earn's various boards meet 4 times per year and are made up of LtE Staff representatives (including our Director, General Manager, Khayelitsha and Hermanus Branch Managers and Project managers) as well as private individuals with a heart for seeing change in our communities.
Learn to Earn training, project and admin staff at the 2014 staff retreat