Owner and co-founder of Step Up Education Centres, Cindy Glass is qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience in helping children grow and develop into the best version of themselves. She started her career at Yellowwood Park Primary in sunny Durban and moved on to open her first after-school tuition centre in 2005 in Port Elizabeth. Two years later she had grown to three branches across the Windy City, securing the world record for the fastest growing Kip McGrath education centre internationally.
After almost a decade in Port Elizabeth, Cindy moved to Pietermaritzburg where she and co-founder Fiona Lake, decided to open another after-school tuition centre, only this time, under their own brand, Step Up Education Centres. This, Cindy says, gave them the freedom to develop and customise the course material for the South African market and saw them become the first South African company to develop a world-class remediation after-school tutoring service for learners based on CAPS system.
Fellow teachers got wind of the course material and loved the fact that in additional to the localised content, it had a unique ability to demonstrate flexibility in learning which catered for the needs of a variety of learning styles and personalities. As a result Cindy and Fiona sold their first three franchises within eight months of opening. “When we opened Step Up in Pietermaritzburg, we never even thought about franchising. Now, just over a year later we have five centres in three provinces around the country,” Cindy explains.
Regardless of whether you are a budding entrepreneur looking to own your own business or an established business owner looking for an investment opportunity, here are a few reasons why you should consider buying a Step Up Education Centre:
*Quality, South-African based programmes:
Our world-class intervention programmes are based on the current CAPS and IEB syllabus being taught in South African schools.
We understand the need for learners (and teachers!) to recognise and acknowledge their emotions, helping them cope better in stressful situations and develop a personal sense of worth and capability. For that reason, our programmes are designed to look at the child holistically and encourages personal growth in confidence and positive human values.
*Customisation of programmes:
All learners are assessed on enrollment to establish their level of competency. The programme is then designed according to the individual needs of that child.
*Low start-up costs:
Start-up costs have been kept low so that you can see a return on your investment in your first year.
*Fair monthly fees:
Our monthly director fees are industry standard and decrease as you grow.
*Ongoing marketing support:
You will have access to a fully-fledged marketing team who is dedicated to building the Step Up brand and getting feet through your doors.
*Full training and support:
You will receive extensive training on how to run the programmes as well as business basics. In addition, you will have access to the directors and founders of the programmes who have over 40 years of combined experience.
*Proven, accelerated growth:
In less than a year, Step Up has expanded into 3 provinces with each of the centres going from 0 to 50 children in less than 3 months.
With a presence in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape (and growing!), you can rest assured that you are a part of a national brand with a national footprint.
Over 50% of learners currently come from direct referrals from schools, psychological, medical and educational professionals. These professionals have recognised Step Up to be an essential remedial tool, often in the absence of other viable alternatives.
*Personal and professional growth:
Step Up offers you the opportunity to grow personally and financially as you explore the wonderful world of business, doing what you love!
You will have access to a fully-fledged marketing team who is dedicated to building the Step Up brand and getting feet through your doors. You can expect to receive extensive training on how to run the programmes as well as business basics. In addition, you will have access to the directors and founders of the programmes who have over 40 years of combined experience.
ARE YOU OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE?
Don’t have the credentials? That’s ok – you can hire people who do! All you need is a burning desire to help others reach their full potential, a passion for education and longing to own your own business.
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