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 30 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. 

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 disabilities and women, are eligible and encouraged to apply for this enriching experience. 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 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 sayouth.mobi 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, to add 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.

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