Jobs Galore: No Matric, Youths Urged To Apply

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

Nearly 300 000 jobs earmarked for young people are up for grabs at the Department of Basic Education.

Youths – even those without Matric certificates – are being urged to apply.

The Department of Basic Education on Monday said it was “pleased to announce that recruitment for Phase II of the Basic Education Employment Initiative will open on 27 September and close on 03 October 2021”.

The department said it seeks 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.

Youth between the ages of 18 and 35, who are not 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.

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, 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.

These jobs are part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative, Basic Education Employment Initiative and the Presidential Employment Stimulus that seeks to mitigate the devastating economic challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“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 interest in academics,” said the department.

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