Learn to Earn was established in 1989 as the Baptist Training Centre. It was renamed Learn to Earn in 1995 under the directorship of Roché van Wyk. Since inception, over 8800 people have been trained through Learn to Earn. Learn to Earn has its training centres in Khayelitsha, a township 30 kilometres from Cape Town, and in Zwelihle, by Hermanus.
The Hermanus branch was founded in March 1999. Most of the training done is in sewing and there is a budding small business developing in the repair and making of abalone bags and baskets. Since April 2007, they have introduced a Home Management course which prepares students for work in the hospitality industry. In 2008, PetroSA donated R3.1million toward the construction of a training centre for LtE in Hermanus, and the facility opened in 2009.
The communities Learn to Earn serve, are previously disadvantaged communities, with unemployment rates ranging from 30% to 70%. These communities are characterised by high poverty incidence, where many live in informal housing. The other factor that adds to unemployment and poverty is lack of education. 12 – 13 % of the unemployed cannot read or write. On average the unemployed that are trained at Learn to Earn have not had more than 7 years of schooling.
Learn to Earn Objectives
- To train and equip unemployed persons in various skills, inter alia: sewing/garment making and carpentry, so that they may become self-supportive and independent.
- To train all students in our programme in basic business skills and functional literacy and life skills.
- To enhance the quality of life of people from disadvantaged communities and facilitate the restoration of self-respect and dignity.
- To present the Gospel of Jesus Christ and lead people to salvation.
- To spiritually nurture and challenge people through prayer, worship, teaching and the living out of Christianity.
- To be a dynamic organisation that continually evaluates its current ministries and their effectiveness, always being prepared to make a paradigm shift if necessary.
- To promote and model principles of tolerance, competitiveness without reprisal, self-sustainability and responsibility.
- To work with local churches and other organisations to address issues of poverty and hunger.
- To co-operate with State departments, the Provincial Administration, local authorities and any welfare or other organisation which may become involved in a similar Ministry.