With an overriding passion to impact the quality of life amongst people living in Africa and elsewhere in the world, particularly in developing countries, Free To Grow founder, Alinda Nortje, together with Riegert Nortje and Jonathan Mills, have launched the company, Free To Grow International, to brand FTG products and services globally. Free To Grow International has country associates in Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia and Mauritius.
Jonathan has spent the last 25 years focussing on developing people throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. His passion for people, coupled with his desire to offer people hope, have led to him working with businesses, organisations and particularly governments in many countries, even resulting in a nation-building project for Madagascar. His vast networking experience and contacts worldwide will assist FTGI in growing the FTG footprint swiftly.
Karen moved to Botswana 5 years ago where she started Karob Consulting, a Human Resources Consulting company. Karen previously worked for De Beers Kimberley Mines and it was there that she was introduced to Free To Grow. She facilitated a number of workshops and was overwhelmed by the positive outcomes. One area of improvement was the ABET pass rate, which increased significantly following the learners participation in the Free To Grow Lifeskills workshop.
Since her business is about helping people and organisations to grow, the natural next step was to add these programmes to the services she offers. There is a genuine desire to improve the running of organisations in the country and she hopes to impart the essential skills by way of the Free To Grow workshops.
The Botswana Training Authority (BOTA) has accredited the following Free To Grow programmes: Free To Grow Lifeskills, Money Sense, Managing Conflict, Thrive! and Free To Care,
Jane holds a degree in Education and Homeconomics. She is the Kenyan licensee and representative of Free to Grow (FTG) in Kenya.
Jane has experience in training in the corporate sector and has previously developed her own training programme in grooming and business manners.
Helene Scholtz has 37years experience in the professional Human Capital environment with a vast track record of excellent performance in training and development of staff. She filled senior positions at the Edcon Group, MTC and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
She was introduced to Free To Grow during 1992 when she became a Money Sense facilitator. “I was so impressed with the impact of the Free To Grow courses, that I wanted them to form part of my service offerings to clients when I started my own consultancy business 3 years ago. I strongly believe in the Free To Grow values and love the constant development of new course material as well as updates of existing course material."
Support from the Free To Grow team emphasized their sustainability and passion for quality.
Helene is currently the only Human Capital practitioner in Namibia to receive accreditation from Namibia Qualifications Authority (Certificate Number 0076).
Laura has been providing specialist human capital support to business functions for over ten years having worked for a local recruitment agency, international consulting firm, development organization and commercial bank where she provided external consulting as well as internal human capital advisory support.
It was during her tenure in these companies that she developed a deep passion for developing people and businesses propelling her to establish Laura & Partners Consulting Limited (LPCL) - a professional business advisory firm. LPCL provides integrated business solutions covering human capital, organization and change, business strategy, performance improvement, governance, project management, economic research and governance.
The Free To Grow training solutions will make the LPCL service offering more competitive as a total business solution that will develop and position human capital to transform and bring growth to businesses through improved leadership, decision making, change management, team building, customer management in an impactful and sustainable way.
The LPCL team- Laura, Penias, Prisca, Gilbert and Micheal is extremely delighted and excited at having established this partnership with Free To Grow.