Learn to Earn has been changing lives since 1989. During this time we have established two multi-million rand training centres and have skilled over 9000 previously unemployed people with market related skills, thus empowering them to provide for themselves and their families.
We have conducted community research and analysis for many NPO's and PBO's including Phambili Nge Themba, Fisantékraal Centre for Development, the GetOn Foundation and the International Labour Organisation. The research for the IOL was completed in 2009 and was entitled Potential Social Enterprise Development Opportunities in the Cape Flats Area, Western Cape.
We have also advised many NPO's and PBO's on their strategy with regard to establishing community organisations that focus on skills development and job creation using Learn to Earn's model.
While each Community Analysis is costed individually, the minimum cost would be in the region of R250 000. While it is the organisation's responsibility to raise this, LtE will assist where possible.
Becoming a Member and other FAQ's
Which organisations can become members?
Organisations that are:
• developing unemployed people to become economically active,
• Christian and willing to implement LtE's holistic philosophy of development,
• have the necessary NPO and PBO registrations,
• have developed a track record that demonstrates good leadership and sustainability, and
• committed to doing the community analysis.
What are my responsibilities as a member of the LtE Association?
• To contribute to developing best practice through sharing information and resources.
• To conduct all activities and training with professionalism and integrity.
• To live out the values of the LtE Association.
• To participate in a monitoring and evaluation process which focusses on the organisation's development.
• To fulfil all statutory requirements for a NPO/PBO.
• To pay the LtE Association fees which are set annually.
How does my organisation become an LtE Association member?
What does it cost to be a member of the LtE Association?
Currently the annual membership fee is R14 000 + vat. There are other costs depending on the services rendered by LtE.
The benefits of an effective partnership are priceless!
Community Analysis Research
The perpetual attendance of conferences leaves people with the same questions still unanswered; "...but how?"
'How do I analyse my community?'
'How do I decide on the correct intervention?'
'Does it start with someone who has a skill in sewing/baking/woodwork, therefore we offer that kind of training?'
'Will it result in economic opportunity or will it just be successful in keeping unemployed people occupied?'
Our approach is to conduct a thorough community analysis based on the standard community development principles that are supported by Manfred Max-Neef's Human Scale Development principles. The Community Analysis (CA) answers the question: 'How do we take a person who has been unemployed and who is living in a socio-economic environment that is not favourable to personal development to a place where he or she is able to be an asset to an employer or become self – employed, while becoming a contributing citizen?'
The CA is the first step in developing a complete contextual strategy in bridging the gap between unemployment and sustainable employment. It asks a particular set of questions of a certain community to generate appropriate data, which in turn allows for a strategic contextual developmental approach to be designed for the community surveyed. The CA procedure and method will be one of participative observer action research, ie the researchers will involve the community as well as observe it.
The entire process of researching, processing, analysing and presenting takes approximately 4 months to complete
For further information please contact LtE's Head Office on +27 21 671 2230
Currently there are five members of the Learn to Earn Association. Fisantékraal Centre for Development, The Message and Phambili ngeThemba are located in Cape Town, Western Cape. GetOn Skills Development Centre in Pretoria, Gauteng and Ethembeni based in Mpophomeni, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal.
'Our affiliation with LtE has been the most significant and vital contributor to the progress we have made as an organisation over the last few years. Their collective wisdom and generous spirit, have enabled us to navigate through the usual birth pains of a new organisation with faith and confidence.'
Fisantekraal Centre for Development ~Grant Hopkins
'LtE and Ethembeni is truly a partnership of hope because the key fruit of each person equipped to run their own business is hope. Hope lasts especially because it is embedded in all of the LtE programs and is modelled by the leaders of LtE who "walk in hope" that everyone has the potential to run their own business. Therefore Ethembeni has hope that we will empower 50 people in 2012 to begin a new journey of discovering all God intends for them as dignified people of value.'
Ethembeni ~ Grant Edkins
'On behalf of GetOn I would like to commend Learn to Earn for the out standing job, managing GetOn Skills Development Centre, making our organisation more effective, efficient and sustainable. Through the team's hard work and dedication, GetOn has increased the number of beneficiaries, and has systems/policies in place to guide us in to the right direction. Learn to Earn has been a valuable support, mentoring function that supports the philosophy of "complete don't compete" as we are all working towards the same goal, empowering people for life.'
GetOn Skills Development Centre ~ Brenton Cryer
'The Message Trust saw value in what Learn to Earn was accomplishing with the unemployed – we chose to become a member of the Association to grow and learn as an organisation working in innovative contexts; we also have a preference for collaborating with other like-minded organisations. Through the support of the Learn to Earn Association we have been able to strengthen or entrepreneurship programme in prisons and develop enterprises that will help ex-offenders find employment. We look forward to learning and growing the LtE Association as we collectively seek to raise oaks of righteousness and eradicate unemployment.'
The Message Trust ~ Tim Tucker (CE) & Mark Slessenger (CO)
E³ Contact us
If you would like further information regarding the E³ programme or would like to make a donation towards the programme please contact the following:
+27 21 361 5972
Enterprise Development Funding
+27 21 671 2230