In an effort to tackle the unemployment rate in South Africa, the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) aims to create 200,000 employment opportunities for Education Assistants and 100,000 for General School Assistants as part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme.
This programme was established to create directly-funded jobs and livelihood support interventions so that the labour market recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Basic Education partnered with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator to digitise the recruitment processes across all the South African provinces.
Provincial Education Departments have already started issuing advertisements to recruit qualifying candidates for this initiative using a wide variety of media platforms. The 300,000 employment opportunities are targeted at youth between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.
Education Assistants will support teachers in the classroom and provide extra support to learners. General School Assistants will help schools to comply with Covid-19 protocols while ensuring that teaching and learning take place in a safe, secure and hygienic environment.
“An orientation manual has been prepared and digitized to ensure that young people get trained on their roles and responsibilities. In addition, various training programmes have been prepared to equip successful candidates with skills that will ensure they are ready to take up their duties as well as ensuring that they gain meaningful experience to improve their employability, beyond participating in the BEEI,” said the department.
Young people who have registered on the mobisite will also 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.
Interested parties are urged to look out for the adverts in all provinces and visit sayouth.datafree.co/p/dbe to apply. Successful candidates will start working in public schools across the country from 1 December 2020. Candidates without access to the internet can call 0800 727272, which is a toll-free number.