The department seeks to provide 287 000 unemployed young people Teachers Assistant

The Department of Basic Education is pleased to announce that recruitment for Phase II of the Basic Education Employment Initiative will open on 27 September and close on 03 October 2021. 

The department seeks to provide 287 000 unemployed young people, (+/-192 000 Education Assistants and +/- 95 000 General School Assistants) employment and training opportunities in the education sector, as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI)-Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI), which forms part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES), seeking to mitigate the devastating economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All successful candidates will be placed in schools for 5 months, from 1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022, for the following available opportunities: 

  • Education Assistant – Curriculum 
  • Education Assistant – ICT/e-Cadres 
  • Education Assistant – Reading Champions 
  • General School Assistant – Child & Youth Care Worker
  • General School Assistant – Handyman (no matric required) 
  • General School Assistant – Sports and Enrichment Agent (no matric required) 

To qualify as an Education Assistant, you must have passed matric English, while an NQF Level 4, 6 and 7 qualification certificate, will be an added advantage. However, for placement as a General School Assistant, a matric certificate is not required for Infrastructure support and Sports and Enrichment Agents, although Trade certificates will be an added advantage. 

To work in the education environment, you must have a good ability to work with people, and within groups, have good communication skills and be a good listener and have interest in academics.

To apply for placement, young people are urged to visit to create a profile and submit their application. No walk-ins will be allowed in schools due to Covid19 restrictions. Applicants must submit their application online.

Should you receive notice that you have been selected for shortlisting, you will be required to prepare the following documents: 

  •  Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  • Testimonials (former school, local chief, church leader, etc) 
  •  Police clearance certificates 
  • Affidavit/Declaration by applicant stating he/she has no criminal record while awaiting the Police clearance 
  • Certified qualifications such as Matric, (where applicable: NQF Level 4 qualification certificate, for Education Assistant applicants with NQF level 6 and 7 an added advantage) 
  • Certified copy of identity document/ passport

As in Phase I, there will be a strong emphasis on training participants, with a view to adding to their skills set, as well as setting them up for improved employment prospects. Young people recruited for Phase II of the Basic Education Employment Initiative can expect to receive training in the following areas:

e-Cadres/ ICT Support 

To work in IT, one has to be computer savvy and enjoy working on IT systems. The eCadres will add value in the classroom by assisting teachers and learners with troubleshooting of ICT equipment, and uploading educational content on learners’ and teachers’ devices. The need for this transformation is critical and timely, given that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to move towards a digital future, where lessons can be provided virtually. When learners and teachers receive the right support for digital learning, the response is often noticeable. e-Cadres will be deployed in all public schools.

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Child and Youth Care Workers (CYCW) 

Child and Youth Care Workers (CYCW), will provide learners with much-needed psychosocial support within a COVID-19 environment. Psychosocial support is critical, even on an elementary level, as it will assist in reducing the risk of learners dropping out of the system. It can also contribute to an improvement in learner behavior and academic performance. 

Reading Champions 

Reading Champions will contribute towards improving the culture of reading and literacy rates among learners. Reading Champions deployed in the Foundation Phase will also make a contribution towards improving early grade reading. In Phase I, Reading Champions assisted in reviving school libraries, initiating reading clubs, and creating reading corners. This is in line with the sector’s priority on improving early grade reading.

Infrastructure maintenance 

As in Phase I, there will be continued focus to support schools in infrastructure maintenance. This will be done by allocating handymen to schools where they are most needed. This cadre of youth will be provided with the necessary training to ensure that they provide good quality work. Learner Support Agents will be appointed among the General School Assistants to support the implementation of sports, arts, and culture activities in public schools.

Sports and Enrichment Agents 

Phase II of the Initiative includes a new category for recruitment, which will see young people who are keen in sports enrichment programmes. To participate as a Sports Enrichment Agent, one must be fit, active, and have a keen interest to assist schools with facilitating cultural and sports activities. 

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