Teaching Assistants Happy With Phase 4 Of Employment Initiative


With unemployment at an all time high, all eyes have been on government to find a way forward. One way that government has been hoping to tackle unemployment is through the introduction of youth employment initiatives. 



One of these initiatives, known as the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) was first introduced in 2020 as part of government’s plan to curb the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on teaching.

Since then, the initiative has completed 3 phases and is currently in its fourth phase, which kicked off on 1 February 2023. 

Over 200,000 job opportunities have been made available for young people taking part in the fourth phase. These young people have been employed as education assistants and general assistants across all 9 provinces. 

The aim of the initiative is to equip the youth with the right skills to ensure they are ready for the world of work. 

One education assistant, Ntombiyosindiso Xanyina, expressed that the initiative helped her avoid unemployment. 

It has also helped my family financially and to also make them proud because at the moment, I’m the only one receiving an income.

Another education assistant, Elmerie Mokwena said one of her goals was to be in education. This is something that the PYEI has given her the opportunity to do, while providing her with experience to upgrade her skills. 

Who Qualifies for the PYEI?

In order to qualify to apply for the initiative, you will need to be: 

Unemployed youth (Not in education or training)
Aged 18 – 35 years old.
Not receiving any form of government grant

The initiative is also open to young people living with disabilities, granted they qualify, as per the above requirements. 

Will there be phase 5 of the PYEI?

While phase 4 is currently in progress, phase 5 has not yet been confirmed. However more news on this can be expected once phase 4 comes to an end




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