Roché van Wyk

Since 1995, Roché van Wyk has been the Director of Learn to Earn (LtE). He took over what was known as the Baptist Training Project within the very unstable political and socio-economic climate of post-apartheid South Africa. Roché has a background in engineering, theology, urban issues & community development, and intercultural studies. He is married to Janet, has two sons, Stuart and Thomas, is involved in Rotary and his local church, and thinks best with a fishing pole in hand.

Learn to Earn is a skills training and job creation not-for-profit based in Khayelitsha and Hermanus, working with unemployed people from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. With their motto of “a hand up – not a hand out”, they seek to develop people, especially unemployed people, socially, economically, emotionally, and spiritually. Through providing a program that recognizes human dignity and the right to live a meaningful life, they aim to assist individuals to regain their self- respect.

Since established in 1989, they have trained over 10,000 unemployed South Africans in market related skills. Their various initiatives include: The Business Resource Centre, E³, the LtE Association, The CoCT Training Project, and the feel good Project (a social enterprise partnership with TFG).

In 2014, Learn to Earn celebrated 25 years of serving the unemployed through skills training and job creation, while facilitating the restoration of dignity and self-respect.

For information on their courses and initiatives, please see their website and Facebook page: