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Opportunities for Youth Employment & Training in the Education Sector

Tuesday 28 September 2021: Wynberg Boys’ High School is a proud participant in the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PES), through which the Department of Basic Education seeks to provide 287 000 unemployed young people with employment and training opportunities in the education sector.

Government, through its Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI), has called on unemployed youth to apply for the second phase of education assistants posts, which opened on Monday 27 September and closes on Sunday 3 October 2021.

In a statement, the department said qualifying applicants must currently be between the ages of 18 and 35.

Those interested in applying for placement are urged to visit to create a profile and submit their application.

The department said that no walk-ins will be allowed in schools due to COVID-19 restrictions, therefore applicants must submit their applications online.

Source: “Phase 2 Opens for Education Assistant Applications:

“Youth between the ages of 18 and 35, who are currently neither in education/training nor receiving any form of a government grant, as well as young people with disability and women, are eligible and encouraged to apply for this enriching experience,” the department said.

Candidates who are selected for placement will have an opportunity to receive training on various skills that will equip them for future employment opportunities.

All successful candidates will be placed in schools for five months, from 1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022, for the available opportunities in 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) and General School Assistant – Sports and Enrichment Agent (no matric required).

The department said for one to qualify as an Education Assistant, they 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,” the department said.

Those who are selected for shortlisting 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

The department said 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.


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