Learn to Earn's story
About Learn to Earn
Learn to Earn is a skills development and job creation organisation seeking to develop people, especially unemployed people, socially, economically, emotionally and spiritually.
Our skills development and training centres are based in vibrant Khayelitsha and the seaside town of Hermanus. Here, we endeavour to eradicate unemployment and other legacies of injustice in South Africa. Since 1989 we have trained more than 13 583 unemployed people with market-related skills.
We have seen over 83% of our graduates become economically active, with up to 20% starting their own businesses. Our students have the option of receiving tuition in Bake for Profit, Basic Cashier Skills, Basic Handyman Skills, Basic Hospitality Skills, Basic Office Skills, Call Centre, Graphic Design Bridging Course, Home Management, Sewing, Sewing Production Line, Woodwork, as well as Basic Computers and an 8-week long Business Skills course. Our newest training initiative is the Ground UP Academy whose aim is to train and equip unemployed people in becoming entry level Baristas. All of our courses also include a life skills aspect.
Zakhele Manufacturing & Design
Zakhele Manufacturing & Design (a Division of Learn to Earn Development Enterprise) makes a range of beautiful conference bags, banner bags, cushions and placemats. These handmade high quality products are unique and reflect the positive atmosphere of the heart of Khayelitsha.
Fashion for Change
Established in 2008 as 'the feel good Project', and re-branded in 2018 as Fashion for Change, this innovative social enterprise is aimed at equipping unemployed South Africans with practical skills and experience to secure a job and a successful career in the retail industry (retail, supply and warehousing sectors).
Twice a year trainees are recruited into one of the departments and provided with classroom and on-the-job training in the department’s respective skills area. With the aid of one-on-one coaching and mentoring trainees have the opportunity to daily perform and practice the respective skills. Proceeds generated from sales across the two Fashion for Change stores go towards growing and sustaining the programme.
Because of LtE's reputation as an organisation that makes life changing interventions in unemployed people through skills training, job creation and enterprise development we receive many requests to start branches in various areas of South Africa. These requests have resulted in us establishing the Learn to Earn Association.
Each of the branches is open for tours of the centres. Please contact your closest branch to prearrange a time.
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