Who We Are

Here at the Drake Training Academy, we empower people through our passion for learning and development.

Our focus is on developing team leaders within your organisation with learnerships geared towards management development, allowing you to create leaders in for the future.

We are also passionate about upskilling people living with disabilities, to improve their lives. We ensure that these programmes are ran with the learner in mind and we are openly “learner centric.” Our learners are treated with respect and guiding them towards completion and competency is our goal.

As a member of the Drake International Group of Companies, The Drake Training Academy is an innovator in the field of learning and development. Our core focus is improving the productivity and performance of your workforce. The DTA has a national footprint with branches in Cape Town, Durban, East London, Garden Route, Gqeberha & Johannesburg.

With more than 71 years’ experience globally, we bring international knowledge and expertise to the training arena. Our committed team of HR Specialists and Facilitators understand your business operational needs and offer flexibility around course scheduling, to ensure the successful implementation of your development programmes.

We are a proud Level 2 BBBEE Contributor which can account for 125% of procurement spend.

Our Measures of Success

  • Happy, engaged learners.

  • Learners who complete, and better yet, are competent!

  • Improving employee engagement

  • Reducing staff turnover

  • Increasing levels of employment

Our Vision

Building strength in business through our passion for learning and development.

Our Mission

Enhancing performance and productivity through innovative learning and development solutions.

Our Accreditations

Benefits of the Drake Training Academy

Companies who invest in the development of staff create a more efficient, competitive, and engaged workforce boasting lower absenteeism rates and higher productive outputs.

  • Improved self confidence

  • Greater knowledge

  • Increased job satisfaction

  • Higher levels of motivation

  • Better job efficiencies

Our Facilitators

Lynette Todkill

Lynette's 20 years of real-world experience have largely been spent in the trenches of people development and talent management.

Her unique combination of experience in the fields of HR Management and Training & Development combined with her expertise in psychometry and group dynamics means that team development is a core passion that drives this HR Professional's endeavours and interests.

Gillian Logiotis

Gillian is an experienced facilitator and coach who has worked in, amongst others, the automotive, hospitality, and education sectors.

She is passionate about changing people's learning experiences and her work across broad sectors has created agility in her interactions with connections and ignited change in individuals and organisations.

David Pattle

Dave is the General Manager of DTA and an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa with extensive practical experience in virtually every area of labour law and related subject matters.

As a senior facilitator, most of his experience has been delivered at a postgraduate level at institutions such as Rhodes Business School and Wits Business School. Dave has shared his practical experiences with delegates across the length and breadth of South Africa as a facilitator.

Kirsten John

Kirsten completed studies in teaching English abroad and a facilitator course. This is where she knew she wanted to expand her knowledge and experiences within the education and training sector.

She completed two learnerships with the DTA and obtained her Generic Management NQF 3 certification with the Services SETA, as well as her Business Administration Accreditation to facilitate. She believes that the purpose of life is not only to be happy but to be compassionate and make a difference in someone’s life.

Our Superstar Team

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Dave Pattle

General Manager

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Shanray Padayachey

Operations Manager

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Kirsten John

Facilitator, Assessor and Administrator

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Gillian Logiotis

DTA Consultant / Facilitator

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Angel Samuels


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Alana Velida


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