The 287 000 unemployed youths will be placed in schools for training opportunities in the education sector, as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI).

Basic Education Employment Initiative provides TRAINING AND JOB PLACEMENT

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

The programme seeks to mitigate the devastating economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Basic Education Employment Initiative will see all candidates who are selected for placement have an opportunity to receive training on various skills that will equip them for future employment opportunities.

They 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, 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 an interest in academics.

“To apply for placement, young people are urged to visit 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,” sadi the department.