Government is hiring thousands of assistants to help in South Africa’s schools – here’s how to apply

The Department of Basic Education has opened recruitment for phase two of its Basic Education Employment Initiative.

The recruitment drive, open from 27 September until 3 October 2021, aims to provide 287,000 unemployed young people employment and training opportunities in the education sector.

Youth between the ages of 18 and 35, who are currently neither in education/ training nor receiving any form of a government grant and young people with disabilities and women, are eligible and encouraged to apply, the department said.

Candidates 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 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, the department said 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, be a good listener, and have an interest in academics,” the department said.

“To apply for a 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 Covid-19 restrictions. Applicants must submit their application online.”

How to apply 

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, a local chief, church leader, etc.);
  • Police clearance certificates;
  • Affidavit/declaration by the applicant stating they have 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 one, the department said there would be a strong emphasis on training participants to add to their skills set and setting them up for improved employment prospects.

Accessing the BEEI employment opportunities can be done through this website. This is a zero-rate mobisite that can be accessed through a mobile phone. Candidates without access to the internet can call 0800 727272, which is a toll-free number.

e-Cadres

One of the new initiatives is the introduction of ‘e-Cadres’ who will effectively work as IT support in classrooms.

“The e-Cadres 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 department said.

“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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Government is hiring thousands of assistants to help in South Africa’s schools – here’s how to apply