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In less than one month, unemployed youth around the country can apply to be part of an important employment initiative. This will see them receive a stipend, valuable work experience and training.


More than 280 000 young people will reach the end of their contracts as education assistants at the end of August 2022. The programme served as a crucial employment initiative in a country with a high youth unemployment rate, sitting above 60%.


With the youth unemployment rate at worrying levels in South Africa, the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) offers a beacon of hope to young people. The programme will see jobs created around the country for youth people and applications will soon open.


More than 250 000 school assistants around South Africa will return to the job market at the end of the month. This comes after the education department confirmed they will not be renewing their employment contracts.


With an extremely high youth unemployment rate, the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) served as a beacon of hope for thousands of young people. The department has announced that the initiative will continue to make a difference in the lives of youth.


The Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) in the education sector created more than 270 000 job opportunities for unemployed young people. The programme will soon enter a new phase opening up employment opportunities for more young people.  


With an extremely high rate of youth unemployed, job advertisements from the education department are seen as an attractive proposition. This is especially true when that same department has launched youth employment initiatives in the last year.

To ensure participants are better equipped for the world of work, the education department will strengthen their employment initiative by offering participants short courses.


The education department has announced that schools cannot make new education assistant appointments. As this phase of the youth employment initiative concludes, Skills Portal spoke to three individuals who participated in the programme to find out how it impacted their lives.


More than 250 000 young people gained jobs through a government employment initiative in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE). The continuation of the initiative is now in doubt as the education department revealed its latest plans.


The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) guides employers and employees in South Africa around fair employment labour practices. However, does this legislation extend to teaching assistants employed at schools in the country?

The Department of Basic Education participated in the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative which has provided jobs to more than 270 000 unemployed individuals. However, are participants banned from studying?

With youth unemployment at worryingly high levels in South Africa, many citizens have voiced their unhappiness around the criteria of the next phase of the Education Department's teacher assistant initiative, as well as its implementation. 

Almost two in every three youth in South Africa are unemployed as the unemployment rate in the category stands at a staggering 65.5%. 

As youth unemployment continues to soar in South Africa, several employment initiatives were introduced by the government to remedy the issue.

Earlier this year, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) announced they  received more than 6 million applications for the Teaching assistant and general school assistant posts. Only around 278 000 positions were available. 




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