The Department of Basic Education is offering 300,000 opportunities at all schools throughout the country as assistants.

Applications for the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative

What is the program all about?

To provide educational assistants to schools to ensure continued learning and teaching in a safe environment.

To provide youth with employment opportunities as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative.

Who must apply for this program?

All unemployed South African Youth that:

  • Are between the ages of 18 – 35
  • Reside in Gauteng
  • Without criminal record

Where will you be based?


When you apply, you will be given a list of the 10 closest schools to your residence, you are able to select 5 schools of your choice. If you are successful you will be placed at one of the schools you have selected.

There are two different positions available: General School Assistants & Education Assistants. Both positions may not be available at all schools.

Opportunities are for unemployed youth up to the age of 35 years old and run from 1 December 2020 until 31 March 2021.

The stipend paid to assistants will be R3 500 per month before the deduction of 1% for UIF (R35).


You are able to apply for up to 3 schools. You must know the name(s) of the school(s) that you wish to apply at before starting this application process.

When should you apply?

Applications open between 10 November 2020 to 22 November 2020. If you have not been contacted by one of the schools you have applied to within 3 weeks after the closing date, consider your application to be unsuccessful.

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