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Basic Education Employment Initiative on Track

October 6, 2021

Department of Basic Education

Applications for Phase II of the Basic Education Employment Initiative have continued to increase.

In a statement, the basic education department confirmed that, as of 2 October, the total number of applications received were 2 726 117 from 475 918 young people.

During Phase II, the department aims 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.

In an earlier statement, the department confirmed that the Initiative is part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative -Basic Education Employment Initiative flowing from the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES).

PES seeks to mitigate the 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 government grant, as well as young people with disability 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.”

Successful candidates will be placed in schools for 5 months, from 1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022, for various opportunities including ICT/e-Cadres; Child and Youth Care Worker and Sports and Enrichment Agent (no matric required).

Phase 1 of PES was implemented from 1 December 2020 until 31 April 2021 involving 300 000 young people.

In the latest statement, the department confirmed that all applications must be submitted online by 10 October in order to be considered for the available opportunities.