When Teaching Assistant Applicants Will Be Called For Interviews


The application period for a critical youth employment initiative is closed. However, youth who submitted applications to be part of the programme are being encouraged to prepare for the next step in the teacher assistant recruitment process.




The Department of Basic Education (DBE) received more than 12,3 million applications from unemployed youth who want to participate in phase 4 of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI).

These applications were submitted by 1.4 million unique applicants. However, there are only 255,000 job opportunities at approximately 20,000 public schools in South Africa.

Applicants aged between 18 and 34 registered and applied for teaching assistant positions on the SAYouth.mobi online recruitment system. The website is free to use and does not require any data. Applicants could not apply for the teaching assistant positions at schools directly as the application should have been submitted online.

Youth who applied have been asked to prepare themselves for interviews. These interviews are expected to take place from the last week in November and conclude in December.

The DBE said, “The youth that meet the requirements and are shortlisted by the schools will be invited to an interview”.

If youth are invited for an interview, they must bring their Curriculum Vitae (CV), a copy of their Identity Document (ID), qualifications and certificates, and testimonials from a previous school they attended or a local place of worship or local chief.

After the interviews are completed, youth will be vetted against the National Register for Sexual Offenders. This is as the Sexual Offences and Related Matters Amendment Act requires any person working with a vulnerable individual, including children, to be vetted.

The vetting process will take place before an applicant starts working as a teaching assistant at schools.

Successful candidates will begin work in February 2022 and receive a stipend of R4 081 per month. They will have 1% of their monthly remuneration deducted for Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) contributions.





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