What we do
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 9500 unemployed people with market-related skills.
We have seen over 80% of our graduates become economically active, with up to 11% starting their own businesses. Our students have the option of receiving tuition in Sewing, Graphic Design, Carpentry, CaterCare, Bake for Profit, Home Management and Office Management . All of our courses have a basic business and life skills aspect.
We have two well-appointed coffee shops called ‘The Odd Cup’ at our training centres. These are run by graduates of our Bake for Profit course and for part of the E³ Programme. Come and visit and experience the tastes of The Odd Cup. Available are cappuccinos, muffins, a delicious selection of light lunches and traditional meals. ‘The Odd Cup’ is open Monday – Thursday 9am – 4pm and Friday’s 9am – 3pm.
Business Resource Centre
In our coffee shops you will also find the stunning collection from Khanya Creations . The Learn to Earn brand of our Business Resource Centre . This desirable, bright, fun, fresh and funky range of handmade high quality products are unique and reflect the positive atmosphere of the heart of Khayelitsha. The range consists of beautifully beaded and embroidered handbags, cushions, placemats and shwe-shwe wrap skirts. We also sell stunning mosaics from the creative people of Mandela Park Mosaics.
The feel good Project
LtE is also in partnership with JSE listed company and South African retail giant, TFG (The Foschini Group). Established in 2008, the feel good project (tfgP) is an innovative civil society project which aims to fight poverty by training unemployed people in skills relevant to the retail supply chain. TfgP trainees are chosen from students who have completed one or more of LtE’s market related skills training courses for further training in the retail, supply and warehousing sectors.
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.