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.

 

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Learn to Earn training, project and admin staff at the 2014 staff retreat

Significant dates in the Life of Learn to Earn

 

If you are looking for a walk down memory lane then you are in the right place.

 

April 1989 - LtE starts

August 1995 - Roché van Wyk appointed Director of LtE

March 1998 - 1st carpentry course started

March 1999 - at the request of the RDP Forum, LtE opens a branch in Hermanus to serve the community of Zwelihle. The Zwelihle community has up to 70% unemployment rate

January 2000 - 30 Jan opening of new complex in Khayelitsha, celebrated 10 years of ministry to the unemployed in the Khayelitsha community, what is remarkable is that we managed the building project ourselves and were able to complete the complex at 50% less than the budgeted costs

June 2000 - opened coffee shop at Khayelitsha

July 2001- "start-up programme' renamed Zakhele, 1st Business Achievers course graduates

Mid August 2001 - 1st sewing school at LtE Durbanville graduates under the instruction of Loretta Pietersen

September 2001 - 21 Sep - graduation of the first Desktop publishing course at LtE Khayelitsha

October 2001 - Staff retreat 'Experiencing the City'

Early 2002 - Housekeeping course introduced to skills courses offered at Hermanus

2002 - The LtE Business Resource Centre was formalised and registered

2002 - Staff retreat at Flora Bay, Hout Bay - 'Servant Leadership'

2003 - late 2003 The Encounter Course is developed

March 2004 - LtE celebrates its 15th birthday

March 2004 - 25th March - 1st LtE Golf Day held at De Zalze

2004 - Staff Retreat 'Site C – Khayelitsha'

2005 - LtE accredited with SETA and the Department of Labour

2005 - LtE closes the Durbanville Branch

October 2005 - Staff retreat 'Life Stories' - Noordhoek

March 2006 - 3 March - 1st Hermanus Golf Day

2006 - LtE received an award of excellence from Impumelelo Innovations

2007 - LtE Association is launched

January 2007 - LtE Head Office in Rondebosch is opened

February 2007 - LtE receives a gold award from Impumelelo Innovations

August 2007 - staff retreat 'Time to Receive' Carmel, Victoria Bay, George

February 2008 - 1st Graphic Design Course and Office Administration Course start at LtE Khayelitsha

April 2008 - 10 April - the first sod was turned for the building of the new LtE Hermanus branch

September 2008 - staff retreat 'Time to Build' - Habitat for Humanity house build

November 2008 - commencement of the new building at LtE Khayelitsha

March 2009 - LtE celebrates 20 years

March 2009 - Hemanus staff move into their new state-of-the-art purpose-built building and celebrate 10 years in Hermanus

May 2009 - The 'tfg' store opens

September 2009 - Staff retreat 'Integrity' - Wortlegat, Stanford

December 2009 - LtE Head office moves to 79 Belvedere Road, Claremont

January 2010 - Khayelitsha staff move in to their new building

May 2010 - The tfg Store celebrates its 1st birthday

August 2010 - Khanya bag range wins Best Product Award at the South Africa Hand Made Collection, Decorex, Johannesburg

August 2010 - LtE Hermanus Opera Evening

September 2010 - Staff retreat 'Building Blocks' - Goedgedacht Farm, Riebeek Kasteel

September - November 2010 - 'I give a duck' Campaign

November 2010 - Awareness and fundraising Quiz Evening, Powerscourt Golf Estate, Ireland

March 2011 - Awareness and fundraising Quiz Evening, South Africa House, London, UK

June 2011 - Opening of the Hermanus Coffee Shop

July 2011 - 16 – took part in the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Legacy Canvas cocktail party

                 29 – LtE Quiz and dinner, Mutual Park, Pinelands

September 2011 - Staff retreat 'Ingredients for Life' – Bridges Centre, Franschhoek

March 2012 - 15th – the 9th LtE Golf Day takes place

May 2012 - Alpha Course run for the 1st time at LtE

June 2012 - Commencement of training partnership with the City of Cape Town

July 2012 - 27th - LtE Awareness dinner dance at Suikerbossie

August 2012 - 25th – the 15th LtE AGM

September 2012 - Staff retreat - Volmoed, Hermanus

October 2012 - 1st Association Workshop takes place

December 2012 - Graphic Design showcase held at Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch

March 2013 - 1st time a group rides for LtE in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay cycle race

April 2013 - 10th Golf Day takes place

May 2013 - 2nd feel good Project store opens at the Harare Square tfgP Offices, Harare Khayelitsha

August 2013 - LtE awareness dinner dance at Suikerbossie – The Epic Adventure

September 2013 - Staff retreat 'Integration & Purpose' – Bridges Centre, Franchhoek

September 2013 - 2nd Association Workshop

October 2013 - Point of Sale Course starts at LtE Hermanus

October 2013 - Call Centre Course starts at LtE Khayelitsha

November 2013 - Graphic Design Showcase held at TFG design Centre

December 2013 - Gilbert Muchanyara graduates from the E³ programme

March 2014 - LtE Celebrates 25 years of impacting the unemployed

March 2014 - 2nd time a group rides for LtE in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay cycle race

April 2014 - Technical Skills Course started at LtE Hermanus

May 2014 - LtE Quiz Evening at Jubilee Community Church

July 2014 - Sewing Production Line Course starts at LtE Khayelitsha

July/August 2014 - Staff retreat 'The Lord's Prayer', Carmel, George

August 2014 - 17th Annual General Meeting

September 2014 - LtE Dinner at Suikerbossie Restaurant celebrating 25 years of impacting unemployed

December 2014 - Zukisa Fono graduates from the E³ programme

February 2015 – Ground UP Cape Town starts training

March 2015 – Team of riders represents Learn to Earn in the Cape Town Cycle Tour

June 2015 – Ground UP Johannesburg starts training

July 2015 – Staff retreat takes place at Almond Bridge Guest House, Malmesbury

August 2015 – 18th LtE AGM

November 2015 – Graphic Design Exhibition at the iZiko National Gallery annexe

 

LtE has trained over 11 500 unemployed people since 1989. The annual average of 79% of our graduates become economically active, 13% of which are self-employed.

 

Branch managers

Hermanus
Joan Mackee - Feb 1999 -Sep 2000
Laura Allais - October 2000 - April 2003
Rina Maree - April 2003 - September 2009
LesleyAnne James - August 2010 - January 2012
Edwin Brooks - June 2012 - August 2014
Martin Isaacs - November 2014 - present

Durbanville Branch
Melt van der Spry
Mark Anthony

Khayelitsha Branch
Paul Sturrock - 1999 - 2004
Susan Wishart - November 2004 - January 2009
Rod Hopley - Feb 2009 - December 2010
Martin Isaacs - March 2011 - October 2014
Desiree Ulster - August 2015 - present

Chairmen of the Executive Board
Ian MacDonald - 1996-2001
Neville Goodwin - 2001-2002
Neil Macdonald - 2002-2010
Jerry van Niekerk - 2010-2012
Neil Macdonald - 2013 - present

The first ten years: 1989-1999

The name "Khayelitsha" kept coming into Doug Fisher's mind as he drove through the night to Cape Town, where he and his wife Yvonne were relocating from Durban. Feeling sure that God was leading them to make this move – yet uncertain as to what the future might hold. In Cape Town, Doug discovered that Khayelitsha was a fast growing Township about 30km from the city. He met up with an old school friend, who had come to faith in a Baptist church, and had contacts in Khayelitsha.

Doug, was given two rooms in the municipal offices in Khayelitsha, free of charge for a year. He envisaged running literacy lasses as he had been involved with a church-based NGO in Durban teaching literacy. He organised for a literacy teacher from Durban to teach Nomvula (Patience) Zali, a Khayelitsha resident, how to run literacy classes. Unfortunately there was very little interest from the community, with just one man graduating.

Not one to give up easily, Doug decided rather to offer sewing, knitting and crocheting classes, which were taught by Patience. Yvonne drew up a detailed basic sewing course and later an advanced course which Bukelwa (Vivian) Mfundisi taught when she joined the project. The project was called the 'Baptist Training Project' because the Fishers came to faith in the Baptist Church, Hillcrest Natal. The Project letterhead had the heading: "A Hand up – Not a Hand Out". The slogan "Learn to Earn" was to give donors and the community the correct perspective on the project. All clothing and bedding made had the label "Good News Gear" Khayelitsha on them.

When the project moved to a small portable classroom in Site C, after the 1st year , theft was a big problem along with the political violence. Whenever he was able to, Doug visited past students in their homes, and was encouraged to see how many of the women were empowered by being able to sew.

The response from the community towards the project was mixed. However, in the six years that Doug ran the Baptist Training Project he aimed to make the project a haven of peace and tranquillity amidst the political violence. He has said that he never once regretted going to start the work in Khayelitsha, and seldom felt fearful during the political violence, always seeking God's protection. He believed firmly that God called LtE into existence, and when he decided his time at the project was coming to an end he prayed for a younger person with enthusiasm and energy, as well as being a pastor with practical skills, to take over the leadership of the project. Doug's prayers were answered in the form of Roché van Wyk who started as Director of LtE in August 1995. Roché has a background in the engineering field has been a pastor and had just returned from completing a degree in Urban Missions and Intercultural Studies in the USA.

Doug's vision of the project being a resource centre to help start other training centres elsewhere never realised during his time, but has since been, with the opening of the Hermanus Branch of Learn to Earn in February 1999.

Roché van Wyk formalised the project in 1995, the name was change to the Learn to Earn Training Project and a board was established locally and an advisory and representative board established in the USA.

Learn to Earn Vacancies

 

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With its motto of ‘a hand up – not a hand out,’ Learn to Earn is a skills development organisation, made up of an NPO, NPC and a PTY, which develops unemployed people, socially, economically, emotionally and spiritually, irrespective of  colour, creed, ethnicity and religion. Our vision is ‘to eradicate unemployment and other legacies of injustice in South Africa and Africa. Our basis for human-scale development is based on restorative justice. Through providing a programme that recognizes human dignity and the human right to live a meaningful life, we aim to assist individuals to regain their self-respect. We do this by empowering them to provide for themselves and for their families. We are a Christian organisation and to certain expects we require employees to be active and practicing church going Christians. Should you meet the brief we invite you to apply. 

Training interventions provided by Learn to Earn are circumstantial, practical and market related. What is innovative about Learn to Earn is the methodology and ethos behind its training interventions. The ethos of the organization is about rebuilding the self esteem, dignity, self respect and ambition of our trainees.

The holistic concept to development facilitates the complete development of the unemployed person. Our vision and mission is applied through offering skills training and job creation activities to the unemployed.
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The following vacancies are available at Learn to Earn:

Ground UP Academy: Coffee Machine Service Technical Trainer
Ground UP Barista Trainer at LtE Hermanus

Further details on each of the vacancies can be found below,
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Ground UP: Coffee Machine Service Technical Trainer

Ground UP comprises of a Barista Academy (GUA) in Cape Town and Ground UP Business (GUB) which is a social enterprise addressing issues of unemployment, creating opportunities for trained baristas while offering coffee solutions to the general public.

To compliment the growth of the artisanal coffee market and create further opportunities for employment, we are launching the Ground UP Technical Training Academy (GUT) in 2021 to address the shortage of machine servicing technicians.

Therefore, we are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Coffee Machine Service Technician Trainer to join and head up our Technical Training Academy.

Job Requirements:
• Preferably 2 years of experience as a Coffee Machine Service Technician / Trainer, with proven servicing and maintenance experience in the Commercial Coffee Machine Repair Industry, including troubleshooting, servicing and repairs, reflected in qualifications and achievements attained within the industry, or
• A candidate with comparable skills from the following industries will be considered: Electrical, Instrumentation, HVAC, automotive or motorcycle repairs, with previous experience, especially if within the coffee and training industries would be advantageous.
• Completed Barista training will be an added advantage.


Responsibilities:
• Train unemployed persons, from diverse contexts, in technical service and maintenance of various makes of commercial coffee machines and grinders using various methods (practical and theory), distinguishing between proactive and reactive maintenance, identifying the tools and parts needed for various repairs, as well as troubleshooting, setup and commissioning of machines.
• Assess the competency of students against expected standards and in accordance with outcomes for the various modules of the training course.
• Recommend new methods and procedures to enhance current and future training strategies
• Schedule and perform in-house repairs and maintenance on existing equipment in GUB & GUA
• Implement and maintain good health and safety standards
• Take responsibility for working inventory for training and in-house repairs
• Maintain good hygiene, cleanliness and equipment care

Key attributes and skills required:
• Good experience in the coffee industry and an appreciation for coffee would be beneficial.
• Develop and implement new training systems based on the vision and goals set by the organisation.
• Mechanical and technical aptitude, troubleshooting skills and attention to detail.
• Capacity to understand the variety of commercial machines and grinders
• Training and facilitation skills
• Personable, outgoing, energetic, organized, reliable and a person of integrity
• Must have reliable transportation and a valid Driver’s License (code B minimum)
• Physically able to lift moderately weighted equipment, bend, kneel, flex and standing for extended periods of time
• Be solution orientated and have good time management skills
• Ability to work under pressure, as part of a team and independently as and when needed
• Computer literate (Office Suite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Good intercultural communication and interpersonal skills
• Sound practical experience and understanding of industrial machinery and equipment, electronics and circuitry, plumbing and water filters, tools (maintenance and handling).
Further to this, it imperative that the incumbent ascribes to the organisation’s vision, mission, principles of faith and be an active member of an evangelical church.

Learn to Earn (LtE) is a registered Christian skills development organization which seeks to develop people, especially unemployed people, socially, economically, emotionally and spiritually. As such this a team ministry and the following will also be required in addition to the above:
1. Participate, contribute and engage in weekly staff devotions and prayer meetings.
2. To participate in the employer’s Annual Staff Retreat. We go away together to do staff development and spiritual growth seminars.
3. To participate in the employer’s Annual Report Back Meetings and other organisational functions (awareness and fundraisers) which may be after hours during the week or weekends.
4. To be co-responsible for the continued development of the employer.
5. To promote the employer and obtain financial support thereof.
6. Outside of the employee’s above responsibilities the employee will be expected to do things that fall outside of the ambit of their job description, such as sweeping, cleaning, covering for and helping other staff. This is a team ministry

Should you meet the requirements and have the necessary experience and understand the job requirements and wish to apply , please do so in writing with:
1. Covering letter with details of your faith journey
2. CV (no more than 5 pages) with 3 contactable references
3. Letter from your church pastor or small group leader regarding your church membership and activity.
4. Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
5. Closing date 30 May 2020.

Should you not receive any response 90 days after this date please consider your application as unsuccessful.

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Ground UP Barista Academy: Barista Trainer - LtE Hermanus

Ground UP comprises of the Barista Academy in Cape Town and a business component Ground UP Business which is a social franchise addressing unemployment, creating opportunities for trained baristas while offering coffee solutions to the general public.

We are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Barista Trainer to join our training team. The successful candidate will be based at LtE in Hermanus and work in conjunction with our Head Barista trainer in Cape Town. We are looking for an energetic, caring and patient individual who is a competent trainer, customer service oriented coupled with a definite passion for coffee! The Barista Trainer needs to be able to take complete ownership of the training programme at Ground UP - Hermanus under the guidance and lead of the Head Barista Trainer based in Cape Town, while looking for ways to continually improve and increase the value that this programme provides.

Requirements:
1. Experience as a Barista Trainer with a proven Barista record that is reflected in qualifications and achievements attained within the industry. The applicant must be able to manage the following responsibilities:
• Create, maintain, & improve, as needed, all Ground Up training programs including coffee basics, barista basics & advanced training, competition training, and brewing training.
• Customised training as needed (espresso basics, signature drinks, customer service, latte art, Home Barista courses etc)
• Participate at regular specialty coffee conventions and competitions.
2. Cupping event experience and a sound understanding of roasting techniques
3. Ability to diagnose and respond to all customer enquiries regarding coffee and troubleshoot basic problems with machines (espresso and grinder) and maintenance requirements.
4. Be subject matter expert on current trends and preferably be SCASA /SCA/City & Guilds accredited.

Minimum Skills and Experience:
• Proven history of maintaining a cooperative work / training environment.
• Develop and implement new training systems based on the vision and goals set by the organisation.
• Recommend new methods and procedures to enhance current and future operating strategies
• Participate in product demonstrations as needed
• Preferable at least three (3) years’ experience in a (Barista) training environment in addition to three (3) years of experience working as an artisan barista
• Ability to efficiently plan, complete multiple tasks and projects while meeting specific timelines
• Communicate effectively and professionally at all levels both inside and outside the organisation
• Possess the ability to thrive in a dynamic environment
• Personable, outgoing, energetic, organized, reliable and a person of integrity
• Must have reliable transportation and a valid Driver’s License
• Proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with a strong orientation to developing simple documents and spreadsheets to organize work
• Food prep experience would be advantageous
• Coffee shop management experience or a clear understanding and exposure to managing a shop
• Attention to detail and adherence to the highest standards of hygiene & cleanliness
• Ability to manage and prioritize tasks
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment
• Enjoys working in a development environment that is people centred
• Must have good intercultural communication skills
• Being entrepreneurial will be advantageous
Further to this, it imperative that the incumbent ascribes to the organisation’s vision, mission, principles of faith and be an active member of an evangelical church.

Learn to Earn (LtE) is a registered Christian skills development organization which seeks to develop people, especially unemployed people, socially, economically, emotionally and spiritually. As such this a team ministry and the following will also be required in addition to the above:
1. Participate, contribute and engage in weekly staff devotions and prayer meetings.
2. To participate in the employer’s Annual Staff Retreat. We go away together to do staff development and spiritual growth seminars.
3. To participate in the employer’s Annual Report Back Meetings and other organisational functions (awareness and fundraisers) which may be after hours during the week or weekends.
4. To be co-responsible for the continued development of the employer.
5. To promote the employer and obtain financial support thereof.
6. Outside of the employee’s above responsibilities the employee will be expected to do things that fall outside of the ambit of their job description, such as sweeping, cleaning, covering for and helping other staff. This is a team ministry

Should you meet the requirements and have the necessary experience and understand the job requirements and wish to apply, please do so in writing with:
1. Covering letter with details of your faith journey
2. CV (no more than 5 pages) with 3 contactable references
3. Letter from your church pastor or small group leader regarding your church membership and activity.
4. Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
5. Closing date 30 May 2020.
Whilst every effort is made to peruse and respond to each applicant, we reserve the right to do so, therefore should you not receive any response 90 days after this date please consider your application as unsuccessful.


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The following apply to all Learn to Earn jobs:

General Requirements:
• Hold to LtE's statement of faith and be an active member of an evangelical church.
• Be in possession of a relevant qualification and relevant Certificate or Diploma (if applying for a Training position) as a facilitator.
• Have at least 5 years' experience working in training environment (if applying for a Training position)
• Working knowledge of the SETA environment.
• Excellent English communication and report writing skills.
• Good computer skills.
• Knowledge of Xhosa would be beneficial.
• Ability to work inter-culturally.

General Responsibilities:
• To participate in weekly staff devotions and prayer meetings, the staff language programme "Word-a-day", and the weekly services.
• To participate in the employer's Annual Staff Retreat. We go away for a weekend.
• To participate in the employer's Annual Report Back Meeting which is held on a Saturday.
• To be co-responsible for the continued development of the employer.
• To endorse and promote the employer's Statement of Faith, Mission Statement and Statement of Principles.
• Staff development in the field of focus will be offered from time to time. To enrol in a systematic theological educational programme would be encouraged. The possibility exists that as a staff we may do an in-house course on the theological basis for holistic ministry.
• To promote the employer and obtain financial support therefore.
• Outside of the employee's above responsibilities the employee will be expected to do things that fall outside of the ambit of their job description, such as sweeping, cleaning, covering for and helping other staff. This is a team ministry.

Work Hours:
• The current normal work hours are 08h00 to 16h30 on Monday to Thursday and 08h00 to 15h30 on a Friday
• Teatime will be from 10H30 to 11H00. Lunchtime will be taken from 13H00 to 13H30 daily.
• These hours are subject to change at the Director's discretion.
• Occasionally you may be required to attend activities outside of the above hours. This would not be considered overtime.

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USA Supporters:

If you are based in the USA, your donation to Learn to Earn South Africa is also tax deductible as LtE is a registered section 501(c) 3 organisation. Please send your donations to:

Learn to Earn South Africa
Contact person: Bruce Otto
1519 North Mohawk Street, #200, Chicago, Il, 60610
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Tel: +1 (312) 642 7515

UK Supporters:

Learn to Earn uses Stewardship Services to process our donations in the UK. When donating please indicate clearly that your gift is for Learn to Earn – ref no 2003 6471. All gifts of £30 or more are tax recoverable under the Gift Aid Scheme. You will need to register with Stewardship before using this giving method for the first time.

Alternatively you can make a direct deposit into our bank account:
Bank: HSBC
Account Name: Learn To Earn
Account number: 12129035
Sort Code: 402612


Contact person: Susan Sochart
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Tel: +44 (0) 7958 749296

Irish Supporters:

If you live in Ireland and would like to donate to LtE please you can donate via Stewardship Services, our HSBC bank account, alternatively you can contact Don & Janet Casey.

Contact person: Don & Janet Casey
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Tel: (353 1) 282 2765

 
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