The government is aiming to create 200,000 teaching assistant jobs (Education Assistants) and 100,000 General School Assistants.
According to the Department of Basic Education, these jobs are being rolled out through the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI).
Presidential Employment Stimulus
The initiative is part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme. Provincial education departments have already begun issuing adverts.
Education Assistants will provide support to teachers and learners, while General School Assistants will help schools to comply with COVID-19 health protocols.
In a statement this week, the Department said young people aged between 18 and 35 are eligible for the jobs.
“An orientation manual has been prepared and digitised to ensure that the young people get trained on their roles and responsibilities,” it added.
The youth will gain work experience through this programme which will increase their employability in the future.
How to apply for teaching assistant jobs
To apply for the government’s teaching assistant jobs and General School Assistant jobs, applicants need to sign up on the following SA Youth network website: https://sayouth.datafree.co/Home/Index/EN.
This is a zero-rate mobisite which applicants can access using a mobile phone. Those without internet access can call the following toll-free number: 0800 727272.
You will be required to provide your South African identity document. This includes citizen, permanent resident or refugee numbers.
You also need to provide the ZIP/postal code for where you live. This is because the network will try to match your application to opportunities near your address.
The Department has teamed up with the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator to conduct teaching assistant jobs recruitments throughout South Africa.
Other employment opportunities
The Department said, “Through this partnership, candidates will be able to apply for the employment opportunities via SAYouth.mobi.
“An added benefit for the young people who register on the mobisite will be that they will gain access to many other employment opportunities, linked to their education, skills and experiences.
“SA Youth uses each work seeker’s data to match them to opportunities and as they gain experience and skills, presents them with further opportunities.”
Successful candidates for teaching assistant jobs and General School Assistants will start working in public schools from 1 December, 2020.